Well, it’s all happened a little quickly.
I’m starting to have the beginnings of a plan.
I’ve always said that I want to have the chance to use my time and expertise on something that means something. I want to experience more of the world and give something back. Having been working my way up the corporate world for the last 12 years, it’s time I use my skills to help those who need it.
Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been researching a number of different charities, thinking about which ones would best suit me, which ones I cared about, which ones I felt would make a sustainable difference. I looked at medical charities, environmental charities, conservation charities. Nothing quite fit.
“This will be perfect for you!” A friend told me, just over a week ago. “It’s got rugby and Africa, what more do you need?”
And she wasn’t wrong. Bhubesi Pride was perfect for me.
After spending 4 hours reading through their website, reading articles, watching videos, and getting more and more excited, I decided that I was going to bite the bullet. As I drafted out my application, the doubts grew – did I have enough experience? Was I good enough at rugby? Would they take enthusiastic amateurs?
A quick pep-talk, several proof reads, and I pressed send.
That was on Thursday.
On Friday, I had an email. Was I available for a skype call on Monday? Was I? The weekend saw more revision, note taking and nerves (it has, after all, been about 7 years since I last had to interview for a position!).
The interview came and went in a blur. I didn’t expect to hear anything (it was Christmas, after all) however the next day, I had a phone call…
I am delighted to announce that, as of April, I will be representing Bhubesi Pride teaching rugby to schools and communities throughout eastern and southern Africa. For 11 weeks, I will be travelling through Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. I’ll be combining my love of rugby with my love of Africa and taking part in a programme that I am already incredibly passionate about.
So, in the last week, I’ve gone from finding a charity, applying, interviewing, being offered, and accepting! This bodes well for 2015.
I’ve set up a new blog to document the journey (bonus for those of you who don’t know what I look like – there’s a real live photo up there!) so please feel free to wander over (and *cough cough* donate)