In short? I’m a 27 year old, happy-go-lucky intrepid traveller, with no idea what I want to do with my life except to keep on travelling and hopefully do some good along the way.
My life so far…
Spent 6 amazing years in boarding school where I became the independent,open-minded person I am today and made some life long friends.Went through a stage when I did a lot of sailing…sailed from Ireland to Liverpool, Amsterdam and even Gdansk in Poland! Also spent 4 months in a school in Laval, France to improve my french when I was 15. That summer I volunteered in an Orphanage in Minsk, Belarus which I absolutely LOVED. This really shaped what the next 5 years of my life would be like.
Upon leaving school I spent a year volunteering in a school in South Africa teaching Business and Economics. Went on to study European Business and French for 1 year but not before a stint working in a crazy backpackers hostel in beautiful Paris. Then set off to Kenya with 2 college friends where we volunteered in a school, had some random trips hitchhiking around Kenya, Uganda and Sudan.
In 2006 I went back to college…but transferred to do a Degree in Journalism. Spent half the summer teaching english then decided last-minute to fly to Ethiopia to join my friend from Uganda. After a month made my way to Kenya and travelled with another school friend.
Then I joined Couchsurfing! Decided to stay put in Dublin to live in a CS house and hosted over 100 people in 2 months…let the travelling come to me so to speak! Won a travel scholarship with EIL so traveled to Germany for 3 weeks to participate in Eurocamp 2008. Back to college, followed by an writing internship with a travel magazine in Canada the next summer.
I graduated in 2009 and went on a huge adventure working my way around Australia, New Zealand and South Korea (with shorter trips to The Philippines and Taiwan). I returned to IRELAND (I’m from Cork, like) and started a Masters in Humanitarian Action which I completed last September. I spent 1 year working for an NGO called The Hope Foundation, which works with street and slum children in Calcutta, India and had the incredible opportunity to travel there in March to see the projects and fulfil a lifelong dream of taking part in ‘Holi – Festival of Colors’.
2013 update: I’m back teaching in South Korea until July 2014. After that…who knows!
Learning loads, smiling loads, making loads more amazing friends. I see life as one big adventure, so come join me and let’s have some fun!