Cycling Fun by Naomi Dunphy

So if the whole ‘You are what you eat’ thing is true then I am definitely the biggest mango in the entire world! Seriously I think my record for one day is 7 and they are not that small but since they are free and right there then I can’t complain plus I really love them! Anyway this month saw me start working in the clinic in the village. It’s really good and it’s dead interesting – not literally. Ethel who is in charge is […]

Leaving Home, Arriving in China by Natalie Smythe

Sitting in Newcastle airport waiting for my flight to China was possibly one of scariest things I’ve ever done. It’s more the idea of living somewhere you know so little about, although leaving my family and friends for a whole year was tough too. After nearly two days traveling, I arrived in Beijing with the 25 other Project Trust volunteers for China. As I stepped off the plane the first thing that hit me was the heat, really smoggy, damp heat. The next thing I […]

Final Report -What a Year by Sophie Bryant

Wow what a year it has been! My Action Team gap year programme officially came to an end in mid June after we had spent two months touring churches in the UK, returning from Brazil at the end of April. I have had the most incredible year and I feel so privileged that I have been able to experience it. During our month’s training period I wrote a list of both my hopes and fears for the year, and looking back it is amazing to […]

Final Thanks by Caitlin Ripley

Dear All, I am terribly sorry for the delay in this letter but I guess in all the hubbub of returning and heading off again I thought I had already sent this. Clearly not. This is just a note to say thank you so much for your support which got me to Thailand. I had the most fantastic year anyone could have hoped for. Although it was a bit of a shock returning to England at first (mostly being able to move without sweating) I’m […]

The Karate Kid by Maya Walker

A Blank Canvas… I’ll start with a blank canvas. I think that is the best way to start any journey, and to make it easier for you to get a feel for what the first 12 weeks of my year in South Africa have been like. A blank WHITE canvas, in fact. I can’t choose a colour for it to start with as there are no colours to describe the mixture of emotions I was feeling at that time, saying goodbye to my friends and […]