Hi, I'm Emily.
I'm from Kent, England but have been lucky enough to have a family that finds themselves travelling all the time. When I was younger, we lived in Ireland, the Netherlands and Gabon, before eventually settling in the UK. This has all given me a taste for seeing the world and recently, this has increasingly taken the form of both seeing it, and trying to do something good for it too. Check out the pages on South Korea, Honduras, South Africa and Sudan for more info on that.
I love everything about travelling. I can even just about deal with the mosquito bites. And the ever-constant sunburn. Mostly.
I graduated from Queens' College at the University of Cambridge in 2013.
I studied history, which you might think sounds very un-travel-esque. Why didn't you choose Geography, Politics or International Relations I hear you say? But, actually, I was able to work on a lot of modern international history during my time at Cambridge, which was fantastic.
Some of my favourite papers included: Africa from 1800 to the present day (including everything from post-colonial states and societies, to HIV/AIDS, poverty, famine and modern humanitarian and development work), British dealings with the Middle East in the 19th Century, and the relationship between islands in the Indian and Pacific Ocean Worlds during the 19th Century, focusing on everything from migration to trade developments and race relations. Oh, and the Tudors were alright too.
Volunteering and Work
My first real taste of volunteering was when I went to South Africa as part of World Challenge in 2007. After a great deal of negotiating with the headmaster, who also happened to be chief of the village, we built the local school a netball court and some benches. The whole experience was great fun, from the physical work involved, to the excitement of the students on the last day when they saw the netball court - and then challenged the team to a, strangely vicious and somewhat painful, match.
My volunteering since has taken on many different forms, with stints on the Cambridge University International Development Committee, Beyond Profit (a student society with an international development branch) and the Humanitarian Centre - an international development network based in Cambridge.
In 2012, I spent a month in South Korea with Oxbridge Intercultural Programmes, teaching English to high school students. Having never done anything like it before, I was absolutely terrified, but mysteriously found myself enjoying it, and can't wait to go back.
Two weeks later I found myself in Honduras, working at conservation NGO (the Bay Islands Conservation Association) on a tiny Caribbean island. Life there couldn't have been any more different to the South African or Korean trips I'd participated in previously. For one thing, most of the month's work was done at night, on a beach, waiting for turtles to appear. And one time - a turtle actually did. Result.
My latest big volunteering adventure took place in 2014 and involved 6 months in Sudan with the Sudan Volunteer Programme, teaching English to university students and generally being very hot and sandy.
Since then I have worked at several INGOs in London, and that's what I'm mainly up to these days (which is probably why this site never gets as updated as it should...)
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