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Project Trust Selection

Project Trust – Help Get Sophia To Nepal

On Monday the 2nd of March I received my Selection Letter from Project Trust. I couldn’t believe I had been selected to go to my first choice country – Nepal! I was even happier to discover that my second and third preference countries, Zambia and Ghana, have been chosen as my reserve placements. I haven’t been given a specific project as of yet but I know I’ll be living in a very remote and rural village with no running water or electricity, about 3 hours drive to the nearest town. I will be involved in a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) project within the community I am living in.

I was over the moon and immediately contacted all of friends and family to let them know. Since I have given up social media for lent, I couldn’t spam my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram friends and followers with the news just yet, that is yet to come. I texted everyone I had met on Project Trust to ask if they had received any news yet and was delighted to hear one of my friends, Iona, has also been selected for Nepal, even if we aren’t in the same project, at least we will be in the same country! I couldn’t wait to tell all my friends, classmates and teachers at school the next day and start drawing up a plan for fundraising. Over the next fortnight I developed and designed this website with a great deal of help from my amazingly talented and very patient father. I can’t wait to start uploading all of my blog posts about my fundraising efforts and updates about my next ten month journey to get to Nepal.

I hope you enjoy reading my latest blog posts, follow my journey to Nepal and support me in any way you can.

Thank you,

Sophia

Nepal

Project Trust – Help Get Sophia To Nepal

A beautiful valley in Nepal, hopefully not too dissimilar to the one I will be living in for 8 months! I will be living without running water or electricity in an incredibly rural and remote community, three hours drive from the nearest town (about 150 miles – equivalent to driving over from Edinburgh to Glasgow three times). I will be teaching English in a village where no one speaks a word of it – and will have to learn Nepalese before I head out there in the January of 2016! I specifically asked for the most remote and rural community and will hopefully not come to regret this once I have arrived and lived there for several months. I know these will be challenging conditions but am incredibly excited about having this amazing opportunity and can’t wait to finally leave the city I have grown up in and immerse myself in an unfamiliar society, out of my comfort zone, with completely different customs, values and way of life.

Thank you,

Sophia