One of the benefits of working in a school was the long holidays where I made the most of the time to travel as much as I could.
In October I managed to spend nearly a month travelling around Northern India which completely opened my eyes to the kindness of people after getting welcomed into schools, homes and temples as everyone wanted to not only share their own story but also learn about yours too.
Over the Christmas holidays I spent six weeks driving 4,000 miles up Australia’s East Coast in a beaten-up campervan. It was during this time that bush fires began ripping through Victoria and New South Wales and the scale of the disaster was unlike anything I had witnessed with 3000 homes destroyed and one in three koalas dying that summer.
When I look back on my year abroad the biggest thing I have taken away was the kindness and generosity of strangers.
Having arrived in a country where I knew no one at all to being welcomed in to live with complete strangers and become part of their family was one of the most special experiences as well as making some of the greatest life-long friends.
I must thank the Bradfield Society and the Hicks family for their very generous award. Their support and generosity made getting to Australia possible and I would also like to thank fellow Old Bradfieldian Amy Knowles (M 12-17) for giving me an insight into the job and letting me try and fill her boots.