I can’t believe it’s been a month since our safe return from Honduras back to England!

Although leaving Honduras and saying goodbye to my kids and Honduran family was probably the hardest thing I have ever done, I guess that’s the price you have to pay for such a moving and life changing experience; for meeting so many incredible, beautiful people. I will continue to support my kids in school and keep in touch with my friends in Honduras! It’s safe to say this experience has changed my perspective on the world and the value of life in ways I couldn’t possibly imagine; I have spent all of my life taking education for granted whilst completely unaware that for so many it is seen as a privilege and simply unfeasible.  This, however, I already knew to some extent. What I didn’t know is how much emotional weight people can bear, how much hardship people can endure, how much suffering people can stand and still remain true to their values; still act with kindness and joy towards everyone they meet. That was the most shocking thing for me. Yes, they are hurting, yes, they need help; but we should not pity them. They pity us because we have so much and we often still struggle to be happy. They could teach us a lot about laughter and smiles. Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. So let’s help them with dignity; not as though we pity them and send them our scraps; but treat them as fellow humans who have been disadvantaged by the location in which they were born. Everyone has the right to food, clean water and an education; to learn of the collective dynasty of humanity, to read and write, to empower themselves and their people. Then we can start to see some political change in Honduras and the same opportunities to learn and work and travel as we take for granted in the UK.

Last week we were back up on the Isle of Coll in Scotland for Project Trust Debriefing along with volunteers from Peru, Malawi and Nepal. It was a really good opportunity for some emotional catharsis and to share our experiences; to figure out how we can use what we have learnt to educate others and to guide our own futures.

On the 12th September I am moving to Edinburgh to study Linguistics, French and international relations. I applied in January when realizing that, much as I would have loved to stay in Honduras and continue teaching, I could offer a lot more with a degree tailored to what they need. Plus, the opportunity to go to University is an incredible one that I’ve learnt shouldn’t be taken for granted this year! I will also be attending a training event for global citizenship talks, going into local schools to speak about global issues and to raise awareness and encourage other young people to be actively aware of the world they share and live in.

I can’t thank all of you who have supported me enough! Your support has totally changed my outlook on life, my belief in what one person can do, and the need for social change. I promise that I will never forget what I have learnt this year and will put it to good use and to improving the quality of life for as many people as possible.

A huge thank you for your support this year,

Isabelle Yeung

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