Hi, my name is Isla Stenhouse and I’m 19 years old and am only days away from setting off on an adventure of a life time. I decided to take a gap year because I wanted to experience the world outside of education that has made up the majority of my life for 18 years… Read More


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… Read More


It’s been nearly a week since we left the white sands of Zanzibar to travel home; to Dubai, to the UK and to the US. Arriving at Heathrow with Charlie, Pip and Eve was a surreal moment (at least after the arrival of our bags quietened our fears that they’d been left at Nairobi airport).… Read More


We packed a lot more into the second week than the first! Early this week we finished painting the school.  We then spent the next morning helping the local women make their fishing nets. Although it took us a while to get the hang of, by the end of the three hours we were actually… Read More


We arrived in Sihanoukville in the afternoon on the Sunday. We spent the day relaxing after spending the previous night out in Phomn Penh. The next day we began volunteering at the local schools, as usual we split into two groups, my group went to a school named Computer Development Centre (CDC). Here we began… Read More


As we dreaded, our last week has just about gone by. After a six hour bus ride from Quito, we got to our absolutely stunning and secluded home in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest. We arrived to the Gaia Lodge with Group B as well, so there are now 31 of us together. It’s… Read More


I don’t think two weeks have ever flown by as fast as these past couple in the Galapagos. We were greeted at the airport by Geovanni, our new project leader, and multiple white pickup trucks (the taxi vehicles on the island) to escort us to our home here called Hacienda Tranquila. Since we arrived on… Read More


Melvin and his sister Madalyn – members of our new host family – stood to greet us as our boat slid up to shore on Ticao Island.  He then took those of us staying with him – Florence, Mikaela, and myself – down the beach a little way to his village.  Along the way we… Read More


  On Sunday evening we returned back to the Elephant Valley project. That evening the power went out so we all drank wine by candlelight. On Monday we all began volunteering again. The week we had planned was a lot more relaxed than the previous week. Tuesday was spent doing a jungle trek in the… Read More