In a mere three short days, I will be saying goodbye to my family, friends and home for two and a half months to travel across the world and explore Tanzania. Quite a daunting prospect for a girl who has never been away for longer than a week on her own. Nevertheless, the opportunity to visit a new continent and explore a different culture all whilst making a positive difference to less fortunate communities, is one I could not say no to!
As an 18 year old in the UK, I am lucky enough to have benefited firsthand from a good quality free education, healthcare and a plethora of other facilities and provisions we have access to in this country. However, in the past couple of years I have become more and more aware that not everybody is as privileged. This realisation left me feeling frustrated, indignant and angry as I quite simply felt there was nothing I could do to make a difference to the lives of those less fortunate. More than anything, I didn’t want to just be someone who talked about making a difference. I wanted to actually DO it.
Then I found The Leap.
The Tanzania programme seemed like the perfect chance for me to combine my insatiable desire to see new places and open myself up to new experiences whilst genuinely ‘making a difference,’ (an extremely cliched way of putting it, yet the most accurate.) Before I knew it, I had my heart set on taking a gap year and instantly knew it was the right decision for me.
No doubt the next ten weeks will be some of the most eye opening, rewarding and memorable of my life. I cannot wait to begin the first, of many, adventures across the world and relish each and every unfamiliar challenge that is thrown my way, all whilst making some friends along the way!

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