I have a really exciting announcement to make – The charity I volunteer at has invited me to volunteer with them in their offices in Tanzania for about 6 months! I’m really excited to start, and they’ve been giving me a lot of help and advice in terms of vaccinations I need, how to get internet, cost of flights, where I’ll be living, etc.
I’ll be a marketing and communications assistant, creating promotional materials (posters, leaflets, pamphlets, etc.) but I’ll also be attending events with other international volunteers to get photographs and video testimonials. I think this will be a great opportunity for me to get the feel of working for a real company and also to have some experience abroad. Apparently some employers really value experience in another country so although it’s a voluntary position, I think it will really help me in the future. Since I’m not going to begin until summer 2015, I haven’t got a timetable yet but I am expected to work 9-5 every weekday, and party hard on the weekends!
If I end up really enjoying working there, I could stay for a whole year but I don’t want to miss Christmas with my family…. There’s still a lot of things I need to discuss as well, plus if I am done after 6 months then there’s the question of what I’ll be doing for the 6 months after that (If I am not staying for the whole year). I am taking a gap year from university to find work experience/placements for the whole year between June 2015-September 2016 so I can’t do nothing for half of it. I guess I’ll have to jump between placements!
When I get there, I’ve been guaranteed that:
- There is no chance of me getting Ebola
- I will never be alone on any expenditure. I will be living with staff members and other international interns in a house about 10 minutes from the offices. Everyone walks in the mornings together, and my line-manager Andy will help me the whole time.
- Lunches and accommodation will be provided throughout the whole time and there is a nighttime guard at the house and a maid who will clean your clothes.
- I can get internet everywhere if I get a Dongle, even half way up Kilimanjaro apparently!
- Everything is cheap. I can easily live comfortably with under £100 a month.
In other news, my parents are going back to Hong Kong in March and I’ve decided to tag along with them. It’s a shame because my university is going to New York for an Easter trip but I can’t say no to seeing my family. My grandparents are about 80-90 years old now, I’m actually surprised they’re still walking around right now! Well, not literally because my grandma has joint problems so can’t stay out to long. I also really want to see my cousin since I miss him so much! We’re as close as real siblings so it’ll be very exciting seeing him again, we play lots of games together~ I’m still going to be working on university stuff whilst I’m there so I’m gonna bring my macbook along.
Anyways, I haven’t even started university yet but it seems like this will be a very interesting year! I’m going to work really hard to get the best grades as I can so unfortunately that means I need to give up my time drawing. However, I may upload the occasional drawing or illustration I make for my charity or for university!