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I’m Going To Volunteer In Zambia!

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Scrunched faces. Raised eyebrows. Endless questions. This is the reaction I received when I told my family I was accepted to volunteer with the International Citizen Service and VSO. In fact, it was the reaction I got from almost everyone.

No one was expecting this. To them, it was perhaps the least Georgie-thing to have ever happened. But to me, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.

The idea of volunteering internationally stems back to 2014 when I completed the National Citizen Service. This was a four-week programme, two weeks residential. My mam was genuinely ill at the thought of me doing that, so you can imagine her shock when I tell her I could be going to do something similar in another country.

Five years after NCS, this is an opportunity that I’ve actively been pushing to the back of my mind. Why? Because when I turned 18, I felt like I was on the right career path and I didn’t want to ruin it. I was completing an apprenticeship in digital marketing at the time and was learning so much. I was kind of set in that moment. But plans can change, and that’s okay. It’s a natural process that I promise you will encounter throughout your life.

The plan… for now!

At the end of September, I’ll be waving goodbye to my family and heading to Zambia on a health project. Thanks to the much-needed 0.7% foreign aid budget, the trip is funded by the UK Government. Believe it or not, I’ll even be away for my 21st birthday! πŸ₯³

For around three months, I will be living with a local family and a national volunteer. This in itself will be an experience unlike anything I’ve done before and I couldn’t be more excited. Slightly nervous. But good nerves. The best kind of nerves. You get me?

In Zambia, my group will help support the development of youth peer-to-peer learning in schools, all about sexual and reproductive health (SRH). Essentially improving the access to quality education in communities!

I’m ready to challenge myself to change the world. Are you? I’m going to be documenting my volunteering experiences across my blog, so make sure to keep checking back for more regular updates!

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10 Comments

  1. Amy
    3 weeks ago

    Georgie man, what have I told you about the correct use of title case?! 🀑

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    1. Georgie White
      3 weeks ago

      Ms. Hodgetts, I’m all about the visuals. Aesthetics. I love incorrect use of title case on the GW blog! πŸ˜‚

      Reply
  2. Bekki
    3 weeks ago

    Georgie – that sounds so amazing! You’re gonna have the best time!

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    1. Georgie White
      3 weeks ago

      I genuinely can’t wait Bekki, it’s going to be such an experience! πŸ₯°

      Reply
  3. Melis Living
    3 weeks ago

    This sounds incredible – what an amazing thing to do, wishing you lots of luck with your trip! You will change so many lives πŸ™‚ Melis

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    1. Georgie White
      3 weeks ago

      Wow, thanks for reading Melis! Super appreciate it. It’s going to be so much fun and unbelievably life changing πŸ™‚

      Reply
  4. Stuart Forster
    3 weeks ago

    Good luck. I hope you get to see a bit of the country and perhaps some of the wildlife of southern Africa. I’ve been to Zambia a couple of times and the people I’ve met there have been great. Hopefully you’ll have positive experiences there.

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    1. Georgie White
      3 weeks ago

      Thanks Stuart! I’m sure it will be great and it’s good to hear from someone who’ve been themselves πŸ‘πŸΌπŸŒ

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  5. Claire
    2 weeks ago

    Hi Georgie, I hope you have a great time. I look forward to following your adventures in Zambia.

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    1. Georgie White
      2 weeks ago

      Thanks Claire! I’ll make sure to keep posting as much as I can. I have a few articles ready discussing the actual process of getting involved so they might be interesting too! 😌🌏✈️

      Reply

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