In January 2014 I will be volunteering in Uganda for 6 months with ICYE-UK (Inter Cultural Youth Exchange)!
I’m incredibly excited about this next chapter in my life and what’s waiting for me in Uganda!
This was a big decision for me, and not one I took lightly. Arriving back from Sierra Leone last December, I was full of questions about what I had seen, heard and experienced, and what on earth I was going to do next?! (see my blog: http://www.adventuresinsierraleone.wordpress.com)
I threw myself into my ‘Action at Home’ projects, speaking on five separate occasions about Sierra Leone, ICS and being an international volunteer. Every talk was an emotional rollercoaster for me, recounting the triumphs and challenges during my three months in Sierra Leone and trying my best to answer questions about culture, language, religion and so much more!
Yet each talk I did made me more determined that this would not be the end of my volunteer journey, that there were unanswered questions I needed to explore myself.
What stood out for me straight away about ICYE was its emphasis on cultural exchange through interaction and collaboration, in an environment in which volunteers can learn as much as they give in return. ICYE is also unique in that it provides young people in developing countries the opportunity to volunteer overseas for 12 months in the UK or elsewhere, supported by the funds we help to raise.
Uganda has long been a country of fascination and interest to me so watch this space for more blog posts on my adventures in Uganda as an ICYE volunteer!
For now though, it’s time to get fundraising and preparing for my trip! I will be taking donations on my Just Giving page (http://www.justgiving.com/Emma-Baker173) and I’ll also be updating it with my activities and progress. Every little helps so thank you so much for your support in my next adventure!