We have a talented group of volunteers who are happy to depart for their overseas trips to either Sierra Leona or Nicaragua and El Salvador. They shared some words about the Gap trip and they told us about their feelings.
Kayleigh, Christopher, Siobhan and Hannah are travelling to Sierra Leone
Kayleigh. She is on placement at The Briars youth residential centre in Nottingham diocese.
“I cannot contain my gratitude and excitement and I truly acknowledge that this programme is a once in a lifetime.”
Christopher. He is on placement at Walsingham House in Brentwood
“With merely days to go, I am filled with anticipation, excitement, wonder while also filled with slight apprehension. How will people react to my presence there? Will it live up to expectations? Most of all though, how will I communicate the stories of those I meet with people upon my arrival back home? I ask you to pray for not only for me but also all of the other gappers. May we be safe and gain inspiration from all those we encounter.
Siobhan. She is on placement at Newman University in Birmingham
Siobhan wrote in her blog : “Although we may see some things or hear some stories that are difficult, I am looking forward to seeing the progress that has been made and the resilience of the communities.”
Hannah. She is on placement with the Youth Ministry Team in Hexham and Newcastle. “In order to prepare the trip, we have been learning more about social justice, sustainable development and the culture especially linked to Sierra Leona”.
Ciara, Aleks, Isabel and Sophie are travelling to Nicaragua and El Salvador
Ciara from The Briars youth residential centre in Nottingham diocese told us: “I am particularly excited to be working with partners who work on issues of gender equality”. She also said: “We are embarking on a trip that is going to have its challenges, but that overall will fill us with a renewed hope and dedication to the work we are carrying out this year.”
Aleks is on placement at St Mary’s Academy in Blackpool, she said: “I can’t wait to experience it all” and “meeting people we pray for” […].
Isabel volunteer at St Cassian’s youth retreat centre in Portsmouth diocese told to our team: “I cannot wait to meet so many different people and listen to their thoughts and stories around their lives and experiences.”
Sophie from Leeds Trinity University shared: “I am certain will be one of the most memorable things I will do.”
Applications are open for a September 2018 start – the deadline is 19th February 2018.