I'm Holly Clements, 19 years old and - after achieving A levels in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths - currently on a gap year.
Before university in 2011, where I will study Biomedical Sciences, I am eager to supplement my extensive travel experience by volunteering in a developing country with the hope of gaining a greater understanding of what my own life is lacking through setting myself and meeting new challenges. I will be volunteering at Archbishop Porter Girls Secondary School (APGSS) as a teaching assistant and thanks to the great hospitality of Ghanaians, I will be staying with Louisa Aggrey, the head teacher.
The intense 6 months of planning and working every waking minute to fund this experience, has at times taken it's toll; I am proud to be able to say I am the Link's first independent volunteer. I believe this will only encourage me to make the most of the experience and, despite the initial terror felt when faced with the possibility of going alone, I hope by travelling independently will ensure a smoother transition into the local community and I hope to integrate fully into all aspects of Ghanaian life.
I'm sure the next month will be full of learning curves but, fingers crossed, the advice given to me by various travellers and the Link will prevent these curves from being too steep !
I hope to keep this blog going so that people can follow my journey - I'm sure it'll be interesting for me to look back on, too.
Finally I can say: "Goodbye cable-knit jumper and your mate, baggy winter coat; hello sunshine and, hopefully, traditional African dress."
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