I am now a graduate with a 2.1 Law degree from Nottingham Trent University. Most people would now advise that with the state of the current economy and work climate that I should undertake the Legal Practice Course, secure a training contract, and begin my career as a solicitor. I disagree. I have the rest of my life to work, so for the next year I intend to travel and experience different cultures whilst volunteering for charitable organisations.
I’ve been at home for the past six weeks after my interrailing trip around Europe, and now it’s time for me to set off on my next adventure! The first stop on my journey takes me to the huge and diverse country of India. My initial purpose being to undertake an internnship for a month at an NGO charity called Jananeethi (www.jananeethi.org) which is based in Thrissur, Kerala (South India). ‘ Jananeethi aims at radical changes in society, enabling the individuals and societies become aware of their inherent human rights and civil liberties.’ Along with my university friends Jenna, Shreena and Lauren I will be working on a project involving womens empowerment.
Jenna and I will then be travelling India by train for 6 weeks before I fly from Dehli to New Zealand on 15th November. In New Zealand I will visit my friend Emily in Auckland, then travel the North and South islands, and see my Auntie and Uncle before flying home on 23rd December.
Today's the day! I’ve had 7 jabs, purchased 11 weeks’ worth of malaria tablets, obtained visa’s, flights and travel insurance and packed? ...as usual I was still packing 5 minutes before I was meant to be leaving!
I'm now on the way to Leicester to get the coach to the airport and its pouring with rain... preparing me for the monsoons in India!
Right now I'm feeling overwhelmed and slightly nervous at the thought of travelling to a country so culturally different from my own. However I'm looking forward to approaching this experience with an open mind and immersing myself in their way of life.
Im going to miss all my family and friends... but I will see you all at Christmas :D
Will keep you all updated on here when I get chance!