My name is Annabel, I’m 16 years old, and in July 2017, just under 2 years, I will be making what I am anticipating to be a life changing trip to Sri Lanka. You may or may not be aware of the organisation ‘World Challenge’, I have been for a few years now, and as I moved up senior school it was always an aspiration and goal to be part of it.. and now I finally am!
World Challenge is a charity that enables students to partake in challenging trips all across the world (as the name suggests). Every year World Challenge works with a group of students, helping them plan their itinerary and offering support throughout the lead up to, and actual trip. This year, my school decided on Sri Lanka as the destination – I couldn’t have been happier with this! Whilst on World Challenge one of the main focuses of the trip will be working with local charities out there, helping communities more disadvantaged than my own. Previous charity work undertaken by World Challengers involves building or renovating schools, working in monasteries, local conservation projects and volunteering at animal sanctuaries to name a few, I am so grateful to have been given this opportunity and really hope our visit is able to make a difference
However… I somehow need to raise £4137 to get there, that’s a HUGE amount of money and sitting here thinking about it, that much really seems overwhelming! That works out to around £200 per month, every month from now! I have a few ideas in my head, but transferring them into reality I’m sure will prove much more difficult!
I’ve never made a blog before, and don’t really read that many, but when I was deciding whether to apply for World Challenge I had a look around the internet to see if there were any run by current or previous World Challenge participants, and I couldn’t find that many. I thought there would be hundreds documenting their fundraising progress and the trip itself, I was really interested to see how other people found it and I just wanted to know more about it. So that’s why I’ve decided to start this, as a real, honest, step by step documentation of my World Challenge. I hope to update this regularly along the way, and with this would absolutely LOVE to hear from anyone who has, currently is, or is thinking about joining World Challenge.
This is the first of what I know is going to be a very VERY long and tough process, but I have no doubt that it is all worth it. If you’re interested in what World Challenge is about, have a look at the World Challenge Website there’s information on anything and everything about the charity and the expeditions.
Thank you! 🙂