A few years ago while on holiday in Cape Town, South Africa I had what I considered the privilege of petting a young cheetah. I remember being led into the enclosure by the handler, slowly crouching down and running my fingers through its spotted coat.
With its pristine waters and white sandy beaches, Fiji is an ideal destination for volunteers wanting to soak up some sunshine in a balmy, tropical location in their free time.
We were travelling through the Bolivian Pampas in a small motorised canoe, when we became aware that there was something following us. The driver stopped the boat and told us that they wanted to play.
Programme Advisor Heidi has travelled far and wide and spends most of her time talking to potential volunteers about the destinations and voluntary placements that Projects Abroad offers.
My first gap year took everyone by surprise, not least of all me. It started at the end of November 1994, in the final year of my A-levels.
It can happen in a split second, but it will cause problems big time: what to do when you lose your passport abroad? Last year I had my purse pick-pocketed four weeks into a six month trip around Latin America.