Hello everyone! I’m Courteney (yes I know it’s a weird spelling) and I’m heading to Madagascar in early April. I’m twenty years young and I’m from Sheffield although my family is from South Africa, where I have spent a lot of my life living as well. This picture was my twentieth birthday cake that I got surprised with that I needed to share with you!

 I’ve read a few of these blogs in advance looking for some kind of inspiration and they were all amazing, however most of them talked about what they want to do with their life and what their plan is. To be completely honest I don’t have much of a plan at all which is incredibly scary but it is what has pushed me forward to do this trip with The Leap. I want to test my limits and find out more about myself as a person so that I can pursue my passions. I LOVE (major emphasis on this) meeting new people and making new friends so I’m unbelievably excited to be meeting all of the other people doing the journey with me which is another reason I feel so strongly about doing a trip like this. I’m an only child so I’ve always been pushed to be independent and introduce myself to people myself so I think this is why I love it so much.

Madagascar is such an incredible opportunity for me and I feel so lucky to be doing it thanks to The Leap. I chose to go with them because of how many remarkable opportunities we are offered on this trip and also because of how incredible the staff has been throughout. Milly especially as she knows about a lot of things I have struggled with the past year and has gone above and beyond for me to feel comfortable, safe and supported.

I am so excited to experience a different culture and do everything I can to help the community and wildlife out there as I have such a strong love for our Earth, I’d love to do all I can to protect and look after all of the natural world . I honestly think this trip is well deserved as I have worked hard to get to where I am now. It has taken a long time to save up the money by working a lot of hours (ahh this is the life) but I am very grateful to my parents who helped me save and helped me where they could when I have struggled. I am worried that it will be hard to be without my mum as she is my absolute best friend and I know it will be very weird to be without her everyday but as much as I’m nervous I am excited to experience independence and grow as a person.

Anyway I am excited to be talking to you throughout this journey!

Courteney 🙂