Not a Voluntourist

This is pretty much what I’ve written about on my blog!

My L(e)onely Planet

After reading many articles in the British press recently, I would like to take this opportunity to explain how my year abroad pre-university was not voluntourism. Although nobody has challenged me about the validity or worthiness of my gap year in Chile, I feel that my silence about the subject often leaves people curious as to what I did.


After an assembly in year 12, I enrolled on a selection course with Project Trust, an educational charity based in the UK. After being accepted onto their program, I had the ginormous [dzai-norr-mus] < not a word but it’s a combination of giant and enormous > task of fundraising £4850 for the charity. Project Trust (henchforth PT) actively encourages volunteers to fundraise money in innovative and fun ways. I never stood in the city centre shaking a tin at passers-by, instead I became a leader of my own mini enterprise as it were…

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