In this blog post, we’ll be hearing from Katie Lee, who was first attracted to Diversity Travel as an employer by the work we do with charities. Katie has extensive experience of both travel and humanitarian work, and here she tells us how both have helped her grow and develop as a person.
“I will never forget how nervous I was that first time I pushed myself way out of my comfort zone and stepped onto my first long haul flight alone. I was 21, full of curiosity about the world and everything within it, and heading to Nepal on my first overseas volunteering endeavour. I was (and am) also incredibly passionate about international development and determined to make even the smallest positive impact on the rural community that I was going to be staying with and working in.
I owe a lot of my knowledge to that first solo trip. I explored so much of Nepal and learned a lot about myself (as cheesy as it sounds). And I soon realised that it doesn’t matter where you go in this world; regardless of whether you look the same, speak the same language, eat the same food or worship the same god, you will always find people who you can relate to.
This first experience in Nepal just made me even more determined to travel the world, explore its cultures, and help people in a humanitarian capacity at the same time. I made a promise to myself that I would never let my fears hold me back from doing anything.
And I kept that promise. Being out of my comfort zone became normal for me, and 5 years later I have continued my travels and my voluntary missions all over the world. I have trained and lead teams of volunteers on projects in rural Eastern Cape, South Africa; and I even learned Spanish so that I could deliver learning sessions in the urban communities of Guatemala City. I have run non-formal peer education sessions to hundreds of children, youths and adults on topics such as Human Rights, Leadership, Conflict Resolution, Sexual Health and Rights and I’ve even taught the odd English lesson!
Another huge perk to travel is making life-long friendships with people all over the world… And I think that’s why I love working for Diversity Travel so much; to be able to work for a company who works incredibly hard to help to connect people across the globe and connect charities with their projects overseas, is a great perspective to maintain on a daily basis.”
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