Photo VolSarah“A born-and-bred farm girl from Yorkshire, England, I am a great lover of the outdoors - my hobbies including competing at equestrian events, snow boarding and walking. I have recently graduated from Durham University, England, where I was studying French, Spanish and Italian. This has allowed me, for the past few years, to make the most of my studies and travel, experiencing new cultures whilst practicing my languages. Equally, at university I have embraced foreign cultures, ensuring that foreign students enjoy their time in England and are fully involved in student life. In my short lifetime, I’ve been lucky enough to backpack around Western Europe, chalet maid in the Swiss Alps, barmaid in the Balearics, ski instruct in France, au-pair in Greece and Paris, study in Italy and be a volunteer teacher in Costa Rica. This last experience is of most importance here, as this is how I initially became involved with Globe Aware. Teaching for three months in the remote rainforest village where GA conducts one of its programs was an enormous education for me, about myself, but equally about Tican life. The warmth of these people is overwhelming, and I wanted to help them overcome their difficulties in keeping this united group together by establishing a way, through sustainable development, to avoid the younger members of the community having to leave to work in the city. By a stroke of luck, paths crossed with Globe Aware, and El Sur has benefited immensely as a result of their involvement. After my Costa Rican experience, I’m hoping to work in the volunteer sector as a career, something I am truly inspired by, so I hope I can give back as much as I have already received. I always look forward to meeting similarly motivated people, or people who will are ready to become inspired by volunteering with Globe Aware. It is a privilege to share what I have learnt from volunteering in Latin America, and to help volunteers go away having had an enjoyable and educational experience, taking with them wonderful memories, but also a deeper understanding of a new culture - of its richness as well as of the problems its poverty can lead to.” 

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