Recently I met with young people from Sutton who have taken part in volunteering projects overseas in the developing world.
Aatif took part in a livelihoods project in Ilorin, Nigeria to help improve the local area. Alex went to a rural community in Nepal to help with sanitation and hygiene. Arjun travelled to El Salvador to help with a grassroots movement called FUMA, which encourages civic participation.
It was very inspiring to hear their stories and the work that they did while overseas. I would encourage anyone who is interested in taking part in the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of volunteering overseas, to get in touch with the VSO and ICS to see what might be available for them.
I want to thank Alex, Arjun and Aatif for visiting me to tell me their stories, and for the VSO and ICS for helping to arrange this.