An interview with Abi Muir – a Project Trust volunteer
We have recently interviewed Abi Muir, a Project Trust volunteer who has spent a year teaching at a remote school in Uganda. FarrPoint has been delighted to support the Project by helping with the purchase of educational materials. Abi has shared with us her experiences of a year abroad and what changes it has made to the local community.
I’m Abi Muir, and I’m in my first year of studies at the University of Edinburgh. I’m 19 years old. I’m from the Highlands, from a small village on the West Coast called Achiltibuie. I loved growing up there. Being in Edinburgh and not seeing the sea is a big change!
You’ve just started university, what are you going to study and why have you chosen this course?
I’m studying Health, Science and Society. I’m really excited, there’s just 9 of us – it’s a small class. It was quite a last minute decision because my first choice was Social Anthropology. I applied and now I’m very happy as it’s a very broad course.
How did the idea to go away for a year come about?
Right from the start I knew I didn’t want to go straight to university after high school. I wanted to do a gap year. Project Trust came to my school and gave a talk to high school leavers. The talk was very interesting and one of my friends was interested in applying too. Project Trust was the only organisation that offered a whole year scheme and they seemed trustworthy. I also knew some people who had gone away with Project Trust before.
What made you choose this particular volunteering scheme?
What convinced me was that volunteering with Project Trust was not just about travelling. It also involved living in the community and teaching.
Why have you chosen that particular destination – Uganda?
I didn’t actually choose the destination myself! I applied for the volunteering scheme, then I had to travel to Isle of Coll and I did a 4-day selection course. I did a variety of tasks, including team tasks, and the assessors were constantly monitoring us. I did have a bit of choice; I originally chose Cambodia, Swaziland and South Africa. Project Trust said I’d be really suited for Uganda and for teaching and I think they did a really good job in choosing. They really knew what was best for me! I couldn’t imagine being in Cambodia instead.
You can read the full interview here.
FarrPoint are delighted to be supporting Project Trust the Education Volunteering Charity which provides 17-19 year olds with long term projects of eight or 12 months in Asia, Africa, Latin America or the Caribbean, not as a tourist but as a valued member of a local community.
Students provide social care or teaching and both themselves and the communities gain tremendous value from these experiences.
FarrPoint are currently supporting volunteer Abi Muir (18) on her 12 month trip to teach at a remote junior school in the Mityana district of Uganda by providing financial support for the purchase of educational material.
Find out more about this project from Abi’s blog and Facebook sites