I'm meeting a relative of one my friends in Fiji who now lives in England next week and I still exchange letters with my host family back on Ovalau. I've loved studying Anthropology this year and being swept up in the stresses of moving city, new friends, new jobs and starting Uni has meant volunteering has taken a back seat! But next year I've already found a Guide unit to start as a leader again and I've been offered a position as a volunteer English teacher at Kalayaan, a charity in London.
It's hard to convey just how great the whole year was. The number of opportunities, great friends and good experiences I had was unreal and I can't wait to visit the places again, Eshan in China and Viro and Fiji weren't holiday destinations, but my home in other countries. China 2013 is definitely happening!
On that note... it's also incredibly important that these placements continue receiving volunteers to fill these roles. Lattitude Global Volunteering (former "Gap Activity Projects") are a charity who have been running since 1972 and place volunteers in long term placements and are a member of BOND (British Overseas NGOs for Development). It isn't just for UK volunteers, but volunteers from host countries also come to the UK.
More volunteers are needed and it's the hardest thing for leaving volunteers to see their projects going on hiatus simply because no one can fill the role.
So.... of you'd like to volunteer in China or volunteer in Fiji, give Lattitude Global Volunteering a shout and send me pictures! There are placements in other countries and for other skills, but of course I'm biased about getting vols back in my home territories!