Virgin Money Giving Page

Hello Everybody!

Just an update, I now have a fundraising page! This is where you can donate to my cause online. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated!

Find it here

Selection Course – October 2017

Though this post may seem a little late, but I thought that it would be good to share my experience of the selection course – a vital part of the journey with Project Trust. I attended a selection course at the end of October this year, and found it to be an enlightening experience that really helped me to grow as a person. The selection course takes place on the Isle of Coll, the home to Project Trust in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.

What Does Selection Involve?

To help some potential applicants, here is a brief list of some of the things you do whilst on Coll, I know that I found this useful when preparing for selection:

  • Planning and teaching a 10 minute lesson on a topic of your choice
  • Climbing to the on Coll
  • Giving a presentation on one factor of Coll
  • Various team building activities
  • Learning about all the different countries and projects available
  • Learning an incredible amount about fundraising
  • Learning to dance for the Ceilidh
  • Spending a morning completing your individual task
  • Digging lazy beds (potato beds)
  • Dancing the night away at the last-night Ceilidh

Staying With Host Families

For the duration of selection, volunteers are split into groups of 2-6 and live with host families around the island. Travel to and from the hosts is provided via either mini bus or land roverĀ – both of which involve an incredibly bumpy ride!

This experience is invaluable as not only does it help you learn more about the island and what it’s like to live on it, it also simulate what it would be like living with a host family during your year abroad. During my selection, myself and Emily stayed with Janice, the housekeeper and cook at the PT centre, who has lived on the island since she was 18. She was incredibly welcoming and I look forward to seeing her again when I go back for training in the Summer!

All in All…

The week is jam-packed, with spending the day doing activities and your evenings working on your booklets and presentations, you’re left with little time to do much else other than sleep! Selection is a great experience regardless if you are chosen or not, it definitely helped raise my confidence and made me realise that I am capable of more than I think. You typically find out in about 2 weeks if you have been selected or not, so good luck to you all who will be completing selection!

 

 

First Post!

Welcome to my blog! Here I’ll be posting information about my fundraising, events, project information and eventually, updates from Chile! First of all though, here is some introductory information about what I’m going to do over the next year and a bit.

My name is Imogen, I’m currently in my final year of A-levels studying Spanish, English Literature and Psychology and I have been lucky enough to be selected for a volunteer placement in Chile with Project Trust (more information about them can me found in my Project Trust section).

I will be using this blog firstly for fundraising notices and events, as well as more information about my journey with Project Trust. By August of 2018, I will be using this blog to update you all about my placement and my year in Chile!

That’s all for now, more information to follow soon about my plans for fundraising and the selection course I completed as part of my application process.