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    01/08/2014 08:57

My YHA Work Experience

1st August 2014

By Emily Hancock

I’m Emily Hancock, 15, from Highfields School, Matlock. I was given the opportunity to visit YHA National Office for my work experience. I chose YHA because I’m very interested in travelling and have been since a young age. For my GCSEs I took Travel and Tourism, Business Studies, Spanish and Geography so I thought YHA would be a perfect work placement.

While I was there I visited many different departments like Marketing, Fundraising and Volunteering. I was with the Learning and Development team for a day and I visited YHA Ilam Hall in the Peak District and took part in a Hostel Manager fast track programme, which gave me an insight into how YHA teach and develop their employees’ skills. I found YHA very interesting and a great experience.

One of thing things I enjoyed most was researching the four hostels included in The International Edition of The Wanderer, especially the hostel in Barcelona because I’ve been visiting Spain for as long as I can remember. Every time I go back I love it even more. I really enjoy meeting new people and visiting new places. Having visited the region of Catalonia, and with Barcelona being the capital of that region, I used my experience there and put my knowledge into the research for The International Edition of The Wanderer.

My interest in travel started at a young age since I was lucky enough to travel to many different places all over the world with my family. One of my best holidays was when I visited Thailand in 2009; I have many amazing memories of this holiday, one of them being fortunate enough to ride on an elephant though a rainforest, also, while I was there, I visited the capital city Bangkok which was another amazing experience - being from a small town in the middle of England I’ve never really experienced that much chaos in one place. Another place I’ve visited, which was also one of the best, is Brazil; we stayed in Natal which is in the North East, just under the equator. While I was there I did many activities, one of them a buggy ride on the sand dunes. Travelling at a very fast speed along the sand dunes was an experience that I will never forget. My family and I also went to a local football match in Natal, as we are all big football fans. The atmosphere in the stadium was incredible - nothing like I’ve experienced back home in England.

One of the reasons I love to travel is seeing the different cultures and how people live so differently to others. Travelling also helped me understand how fortunate I am to have a roof over my head and food on the table. I remember walking along a beach in Brazil and seeing a family sat around a fire just under piece of scrap metal and wood and this made me understand how lucky I am.

I am very fortunate to be able to travel around the world and another reason I came to YHA is because they give the opportunity to kids and adults to be able to travel and allow them to have experience of meeting new people from different places and making new friends. Travelling is one of the best things I’ve ever done, and will hopefully carry on doing, and I think it’s amazing that YHA are giving that opportunity to people that aren’t as fortunate as I am.

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