Hoping to satisfy her passion for traveling and to gain some hands-on experience that she could use towards her degree, Najma joined Raleigh International, a sustainable development organisation, as part of the International Citizen Service initiative and embarked on a once in a life time adventure.
Alongside other young people from the UK, Costa Rica and Nicaragua, Najma spent ten life-changing weeks in Nicaragua, where she participated in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme in one of the country’s rural communities.
Speaking about the benefits of being a volunteer, Najma said: “This experience impacted me in several ways and since I hope to work in the NGO sector after university, this has allowed me to get my foot in the door. Not only has my confidence improved dramatically, I also gained new skills in leadership and conflict resolution. I am still volunteering with Raleigh International at their main office as an assessor, and it's providing me with a foundation from which to grow.”