Our team of Step into the Gap volunteers are departing on their overseas trips to either Sierra Leone, Nicaragua and El Salvador. Hannah Collinson is on placement with our Youth Ministry Team in Hexham and Newcastle Diocese. She tells us about what she has been doing to prepare for her overseas visit to Sierra Leone:
“In order to prepare for the trip we have been learning more about social justice, sustainable development and culture especially linked to Sierra Leone. We have also been spreading awareness about CAFOD’s work and the impact everyone can make during retreats at the Youth Ministry Team where I volunteer. This included a morning prayer session in which young people used the Advent themes of hope, peace, joy and love to write messages that will be taken and possibly exchanged with the people we encounter in Sierra Leone.
I feel so privileged to be involved in such amazing work and to have this incredible opportunity as part of that. I hope to do justice to the people we meet when we return and share the truth that we have heard. I am really excited to share this experience with the young people that come on retreat, so that they can really see the bigger picture of CAFOD’s work and the impact that they can all contribute to”.
Applications for CAFOD’s gap year programme are open. For anyone aged 18 – 30: an opportunity to volunteer in the UK, gain experience, develop leadership skills and visit CAFOD partners overseas. The deadline is 19th February. For all information and how to apply visit www.cafod.org.uk/Education/CAFOD-Gap-year or contact Catherine Jones 0207 095 5308 firstname.lastname@example.org