Prepping for Uganda

Written by Emma McElligott

After bidding a sad farewell to family, friends and the luxury of a hot shower the 16 Youth Ambassadors around the world set off on our journey to The Pearl of Africa, Uganda. Months of fundraising, excitement and a ridiculous amount of vaccinations had let up to this moment and needless to say we were all super pumped for the week ahead. While my excitement was at levels it had rarely been before, never having travelled in my life to Africa, it still didn't stop me packing within 2 hours before we had to leave, and being late to the airport. Meeting the girls I was traveling with at the airport gave a massive feeling of reassurance as I was as much nervous as I was excited however I knew that these girls would have my back. It's always going to be nerve-wracking traveling on your own for the first time but the support of all the girls and GYAP plus the excitement of going to Uganda trumped any feelings of hesitation as we all powered through the 20 hours of traveling to our destination. It's an amazing feeling to be surrounded by so many ambitious girls with such diverse and exciting backgrounds. Every single one of us have worked so hard to get here and are ready to take on the week ahead.

Bring on Uganda!

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