Growing up I was far from an angel, I got into a lot of trouble with the police, I was constantly getting kicked out of school for all sorts of stupid things from fighting and arguing with teachers to smoking and smashing things up. Arguments with my mother turned into a regular routine of stress and worry, I felt that I didn’t belong anywhere.I moved around from different family members houses but it always ended up the same as it started “my fault”.The groups that help teach English in our area are constantly in need of volunteers.
Until one day one of the PCSOs Samantha Johnson told me about these interviews for a trip to Africa. But I went to the interview, with nerves almost as big as the butterflies going crazy in my stomach and a few hours later “BAM”.. “Chanty, you’re coming to Africa” I was left speechless, it all felt like one big dream and I was waiting to get awoken.
We had six weeks of training prior to the trip, which helped loads!
All you have to do is answer a couple of simple questions and you’re ready to go.
Why get bogged down with inconvenient registration pages when you don’t have to?
Not just for experience but also for knowledge, I learnt a lot about the issues that are going on all over the world right now.
Every single day until the day we were actually leaving I prepared myself for the worst, I told myself it was all a joke and I wasn’t going to Africa really it was all going to be a joke.We finally got on the plane and being stuck in between TWO Lucy’s that are both scared of flying?Lucy Dicko was squeezing my hand until my veins were popping out and on the other side Lucy Evo was telling me we were going to die.. We had a few stops during the journey to Freetown which made it seem even longer but when we finally arrived all of the travelling was worth it, I stepped off the plane and felt like I had just stood on a blazing fire the heat was beyond!I’m quite an intelligent girl and for the first few years of high school i was predicted amazing grades, but when I got kicked out most of the teachers told me I would fail.I wanted to prove them wrong and I knew that if I set my mind to it I could do it.While my exams were on the horizon I moved into an all girls hostel which wasn’t too bad at first but then I got kicked out the month after I lost my great-grandmother as I never went there for two weeks.