In this addition of 'getting to know' our volunteers we meet Chloe Jones from Southampton. Chloe will be volunteering with us in Fiji this summer and is currently studying beauty at Southampton City College. She has aspirations to discover new walks of life, whilst embarking on a career pathway which will allow her to apply the skills that she is learning in college.
Chloe enjoys a challenge and believes volunteering in Fiji will allow her to take a step outside her comfort zone so she is able to learn more about herself.
We asked Chloe a few questions below.
Reasons for applying?
I’ve always wanted to volunteer to help children across the globe and to make their future a better future, so when Matt (Founder and Director) came into our class to talk to us about Travel Teacher and the opportunity’s that were available to me, I grabbed it with both hands! The thought of going on an adventure, travelling AND making a global impact is just an opportunity of a life time, who wouldn’t take it?
Initial thoughts on the concept of Travel Teacher?
When Matt showed us a power point of the project which included photos, activities, information and his experience it just amazed me! During the project I’ll be undergoing some interesting activities that vary from experiencing a therapeutic natural spa, taking part in a traditional Fijian dance to being transported by boat to dream island. I’ll be staying in a village called Namatakula which lies on the coral coast of Fiji. I’ll be living like a local which will provide me with a unique cultural experience. I’ve always wanted to do something that’s out of my comfort zone and this definitely is, I do think it will be challenging but with support from Matt, Travel Teacher and the people from Namatakula, it will all be worth it!
How do you feel knowing that you are going to be impacting a global community?
I feel proud in a way, excited and amazed. I feel like I’m going to help make a difference with helping the students progression, and ill be the person helping them with that. Fiji is such an amazing and fascinating island to work on so that also plays a big part of it.
What does it mean for your personal development?
I’m usually a quiet and shy person but volunteering with Travel Teacher is going to improve that! I’m going to be able to gain so much confidence, skills and friends which are all going to help me with my future and personal progression. By taking me out of my comfort zone, it’s going to reveal what I’m actually capable of doing and completing which is going to widen my horizon!
What will you get from the experience?
From this experience I’m going to be able to share memories and stories made, I’m going to make loads of new friends and I’m going to be able to look back and say “I done that”. So many people are fascinated about my adventures waiting to happen so I can’t wait to take part and complete the project and tell them all about it!
How will this help you in the future?
This will help me massively in the future when I go to apply for jobs and even when I’m in interviews, they’re going to want to know what Travel Teacher is and what it’s about so this will make myself more interesting and stand out from the crowd.
What do you feel are the main benefits of volunteering with travel teacher?
I think that Travel Teacher are offering a unique experience for individuals to help them progress in themselves and others. The main benefit of volunteering with Travel Teacher is the experience and creating a global impact. Experiencing something you’ve never experience before, experiencing the amazing cultures and how unique they can be and experiencing what it’s like to feel responsible for improving a child’s education.
Thank you for reading! Travel Teacher aims to create meaningful global impact through engagement. Our engagement stems through the delivery of volunteer projects abroad in the South Pacific. Our provision combines education and opportunity for exploration, we encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone and broaden your own horizons.