Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Sri Lanka

I'm writing this very late at night after what has seemed like the longest day I've had in a long time (7 hours in Uni presenting and watching presentations). If you read this on the day I've posted, then I am actually presenting my final ever Uni presentation today which is pretty exciting!

However, what's more exciting, is that yesterday I was offered a place with an organisation to volunteer in Sri Lanka for 3 months, supporting individuals who suffer from mental illnesses. It's a mixture of working in hospitals, supporting those who have suffered from the trauma of the tsunami/civil war, and teaching children/young adults with special needs. Perfect experience for a wannabe clinical psychologist, don't you think?!

You may or may not know, that last year I went to Thailand to teach English in primary schools for 6 weeks, living with another volunteer and host family. Well, this is a similar concept as I will be living with a host family again, just doing slightly different work. Volunteering does mean funding it myself but I am set on getting a job and funding the whole trip myself this time (partly because the website isn't justgiving and I am not happy with people donating to a site that takes a chunk of it for themselves!). So, if anyone wants to give me a job, feel free ;)

But more seriously, I feel much happier about taking some time out. Following on from my last post, this is what I was thinking about doing - traveling, seeing the world and supporting others. And sure, getting a random job may not be the 'ideal' thing to do when you come out of Uni, but if I get to see the world then it doesn't really matter. I am still only 21, I don't need to find a 'proper' job yet. I have the rest of my life to do that so why do I need to do that now when I'm going to be working until I'm 65 at least!?

I remember being in Thailand riding an elephant, standing in the monsoon drenched, looking out over the mountains whilst eating dinner, and genuinely feeling like I was on top of the world. It was the most surreal six weeks of my life, maybe the best six weeks of my life, so I'd be stupid to not go and do what I love.



So, roll on Sri Lanka 2016!
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Ellie Adams said...

Sam, this is incredible, congratulations! I have 3 friends who have just come back from Sri Lanka and absolutely loved it. Looks and sounds so incredible. Good luck fro your last presentation, I'm sure you'll be amazing :)


Elle
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Candice Petersen said...

Oh wow it sure does look amazing ☺

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Leah said...

Sounds amazing! Good luck with your final presentation. I remember I did mine this time last year and there is no better feeling when it is all done and out of the way!

Leah xx

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Carina said...

This is such a wonderful thing you're doing!! I hope to be able to do something like that when I graduate from Uni! I have so much respect from you! I hope to hear more of your stories :)

X, Carina
Running White Horses | Fashion + Travel

rae said...

This sounds like a one in a lifetime experience that you will not regret. You sound like such a lovely person and I think it is so commendable that you want to spend your time helping others. Can't wait to hear more about your adventures!

Rae of love from berlin

Sam said...

Thank you so much! I think it went well but a group member didn't turn up so we will get marked down :( but I'm glad it's out of the way! xx

Sam said...

Thank you so much, and absolutely!! You are very kind xxx

Sam said...

Thank you so much! x

Erin and Katherine said...

Amazing photos!! I'd love to visit!

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Nicole said...

Seriously could not be happier for you! This sounds like the most incredible of opportunities and is definitely going to kick off your career in style! I know so many people from university who got 'random jobs' after they graduated just so they could pay the bills, at least you have a purpose to yours beyond that and will be saving up to go on such an incredible journey! Hey, if it means you have to work in McDonalds for 6 months it won't even matter once you're on your way to Sri Lanka to start your life! :)
Nicole xxx

Karen Farber said...

omg I want to ride an elephant!! I think what you're doing is great too, the time to travel and explore other cultures is now, it will make you a better overall person :) & random jobs can be the best learning experiences!

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Josie's Journal said...

That's amazing Sam, well done you! What a brilliant thing to have on your CV, I know you're gonna be so fab when you're there too. I totally agree, you don't have to settle on a 'proper' job yet if you don't want to. You have your whole life to live! x

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JasminCharlotte said...

Ah this is so cool! Congrats :) That will honestly be such a great experience, cannot wait to hear all about it :) x

Jasmin Charlotte

Annabel said...

Ohh I am SO envious, but so happy for you. This is the most amazing opportunity for you!

Annabel ♥
Mascara & Maltesers

TheStyleRawr said...

Wow, this sounds incredible! I'd love to do something like this, I bet it feels incredible to give back. I'm so excited for you!! I also love that elephant shot haha! :D

Tara x

Sam said...

Thank you so much, Nicole! And you're so right about the job, I think I'll enjoy the break now and then I can work for the rest of my life xxx

Sam said...

Thank you, Tara! Haha, it was one of the best things I've ever done :) xx

Sam said...

Thank you so much, Annabel! xx

Sam said...

Thank you Jasmin! I'll definitely try and find internet cafe's when I'm there ;) xxx

Sam said...

Haha, riding an elephant is amazing! And thank you so much, you're absolutely right xxx

Sam said...

Thank you Josie! You're right, I got my whole life to work ;) xxx

Sam said...

Thanks! x

Nevena Krstic said...

I hope your presentation went well yesterday! Nearly there! Eeeks how exciting I'm sure you're going to have loads of fun and it will be such a good experience :)
I'm graduating this summer as well and everyone's like so what you doing after?! Aaah a few months to relax maybe and not think about anything is sounding good to me right now :') xx


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Sam said...

Thank you so much! It did although someone didn't turn up and we'll get marked down :( and yes, relaxing in a job which is fairly easy and going traveling is my idea right now ;) xxx

Hannah said...

Oh wow Sam this is such an amazing opportunity and I'm so glad you're doing it! You will be amazing - if you can't travel now then when can you! Ah I'm genuinely so happy for you!! :D


Hannah xxx


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Sam said...

Aw thank you so much Hannah! So lovely of you :) xx

Gabrielle Trenbath said...

That sounds so cool and perfect for you. I can't wait to hear all your stories


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Sam said...

Thank you so much! I'll definitely write about them :) xx

Issy Goode said...

So pleased for you! I think I'll always regret not going to Thailand with you last year, I really really wish I had done. But then again, I'd be so broke now if I had done. It's a shame I chose money over experience in that respect. I hope you have an amazing time out there! I don't want to step straight into a career and I really hope to explore and do things, I just need to put experience first if I want to do that! I look forward to reading all about it :) xx

Sam said...

Thank you so much, Issy! You know, if you want to travel there is nothing stopping you now your degree is coming to an end. You have the power to make things happen and I know you won't regret seeing the world xxx

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