In 2008 I embarked on the project of a lifetime – a 5 week project in RTU, India building houses for the local community. I signed up after a talk at my college, the experience sounded incredible so I figured I would give it a whirl and I have never looked back since!

I was 17 and it was my first experience of travelling by myself. I’ll admit it was definitely a little daunting, but the group meetings arranged prior to undertaking the project definitely helped ease me in to things. It was great to have an opportunity to meet the people in my group and learn more about the difference we were set to make – it only made me more excited!

It was clear from the beginning that the project was well organised and truly invested in helping the local people. I hadn’t really expected to feel such an affinity to the local community, but our leaders had experience of multiple other projects and knew what activities to plan to really embrace the culture and get us integrated with the locals.

Visiting RTU definitely gave me the bug for travelling and I have since been fortunate enough to undertake a further two voluntary projects in developing countries. To anyone interested in applying for a project, I would urge you to apply. Lasallian was undoubtedly one of the best experiences of my life – it developed my social conscience, gave me a new appreciation for a different culture and made friendships that will last a lifetime.