Hey there, I’m Ellie; a 22-year-old music lover from North Yorkshire, I like to think I’m a people person and a team player! Studying at University while working part-time has given me the confidence to get stuck into challenges that I am faced with. I have saved since being a student, which as you may know is an accomplishment in itself! I’m aspiring to go into marketing, however If I go straight into a graduate job I’d almost feel dissatisfied, as if there was something missing… like maybe a gap year?

That’s me!

I have been dreaming of seeing more of the world since I can remember, I would even say this dream has motivated me through my toughest of challenges and obstacles throughout university life. After being referred by a friend, I came across ‘The Leap” which is an organisation that is enabling me to experience south-east Asia in a way that I could have only imagined.

Borneo has always been on my bucket list ever since reading about the orang-utan conservation sites and vast landscapes. I cannot wait to see the animals in their natural habitat and also venture on a river safari where I will come head to head with the scariest and most amazing nature. However, trekking through rainforests in extreme weather conditions is not something I am used to packing for.

As I’m new to this type of getaway, I have taken every precaution and read copious amounts of online forums in order to pack my bag. I spent a whole day in Go Outdoors where I learnt the do’s and don’ts of outdoor wear, surely that was going to miraculously make me into a fully fledged/equipped outdoor explorer? All the gear and no idea sprung to mind as I tumbled along to check out looking like a kit-ed out pack mule. The best advice I could give would be to take note of any given kit list and look at previous years in vlogs to see what kind of clothes they wear!

Despite recent trials and tribulations in preparing for going away, I can’t wait to jet off. With a strong sense of security and team ethos, I look forward to experiencing diverse cultures and bio-diversity, while working as a team to help the environment and local communities. I wish to gain resilience and push myself out of my comfort zone by doing things I’ve never done before which is what I believe the Borneo and Philippines trip will help me to achieve. Although coming face to face with snakes and spiders may juxtapose with preparing for a work pitch and intimidating superiors, the ambition, resilience and drive is transferable no matter where I am or what I’m doing.

I can’t wait to dive into eastern culture and meet new people along the way. I hope it’ll be the first of many adventures to come!

Sehingga masa depan (Until next time)…

Ellie x