Jenna, a University student, studying in Exeter is approaching her graduation, that's not all that she has to look forward too. Jenna along with two friends from university will be joining a cohort of volunteers heading to Fiji to begin their Impact Expedition this summer. A transitional period for Jenna, she sees this as a great opportunity to begin to enhance her future employment prospects and to stand out from the crowd by embarking on an international experience with Travel Teacher. Read the transcript below to find out why Jenna decided to embark on this journey.
As a 21 year old student in the final year of my degree, I’ve felt a lot of pressure to take a gap year or travel to lots of exotic destinations before I start the world of work – great plan, right? As much as I love exploring, I wouldn’t know where to start and committing to months living out of a backpack seems daunting! I believe I’ve found the perfect solution in Travel Teacher.
Two weeks in Fiji (an incredibly beautiful part of the world) with the added benefit of giving back to a local community through teaching. This suits me perfectly – a great opportunity to explore, leap out of my comfort zone and work with school children to support them in their education.
I’ve always enjoyed giving back to various communities, through volunteering and previous work experience. To name a couple, I’ve dug gardens for elderly residential homes and I’ve taught students how to create “bottle rockets” to open their eyes to how Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) can be really exciting. Children have so much energy and enthusiasm – it’s infectious and that’s why I love helping them learn and develop. This is why I know I’ll really enjoy the Travel Teacher experience. Not to mention all the support that Travel Teacher give you along the way – there are so many benefits to the programme.
- Visiting the Sabeto Hot Water Springs
- Visiting the picturesque Natadola Beach
- Learning the art of some traditional Fijian cooking
-What’s not to love?!
I’m excited to explore a new destination, meet new people and learn about an incredible community and culture. The experience will open my eyes to different ways of thinking and I will take the skills I develop in Fiji with me to future jobs and hopefully future volunteering experiences.
Thank you for reading! Travel Teacher aims to create impact through meaningful travel experiences. Our engagement stems through the delivery of volunteer projects abroad in Fiji and The Cook Islands. Our provision combines education and exploration, we encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone and broaden your own horizons whilst developing key transferable skills and making lifelong memories.