Throughout November we’ve been running Project Trust Refreshed events across the UK, designed to give Returned Volunteers the opportunity to develop their communication skills, learn about how they can inspire future generations of Project Trust Volunteers and how to be a Global Citizenship Ambassador. Micaela Church, who volunteered in Namibia in 2014/15, let us know what she learned at the event:

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Micaela teaching in Namibia

I hopped on a train from Aberdeen to Edinburgh for the session last Saturday. I’m so happy I made the effort to go – the training made the prospect of doing school talks and Global Citizenship sessions much less daunting, it was lovely to see some familiar faces from Coll and I never tire of hearing stories from other Returned Volunteers.

In particular I found the Global Citizenship content really helpful and interesting and it was amazing to see how simple it can be to run a really effective session. When I was in Namibia I loved celebrating international days with my students, but the thought of running sessions for children in Britain somehow seemed much more intimidating. But the information from the Project Trust Refreshed sessions cleared my mind from uncertainties, expanded on the training we received on Debriefing and now I can’t wait to get started.

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Micaela at Project Trust Refreshed in Edinburgh

From my experiences in Namibia I know first-hand how important Global Citizenship education is, and I’m sure all Returned Volunteers can see the value of it being brought to life in UK schools. We also all know that delivering a school talk and planting the idea of volunteering with Project Trust can have a huge influence on a young person’s life. That’s where we as Returned Volunteers can really contribute and the Project Trust Refreshed sessions are a perfect way to get involved and inspired again.

Click on the locations below to sign up for a Project Trust Refreshed event:

Birmingham – Saturday 21st November 

London – Sunday 22nd November