Overseas Volunteering is Back!

Overseas Volunteering is Back!

The 15th of May marked a very special occasion for Ecologia Youth Trust: we had our first overseas volunteer since the international effects of COVID 19 lockdowns began!

We are so delighted to share with you that the wonderful Carlo from London spent a week with our Kenyan partner, International Peace Initiatives,  in Meru two months ago and had a life changing experience.

While providing us with some feedback, Carlo marked all aspects of his trip down as “Excellent”, and we wanted to share with you some of what he had to say about his experience with the children and staff at International Peace Initiatives.

This experience definitely helped me to put things in perspective. I was surprised to see how generous and kind the people are, always happy to share what they have. I was also amazed to see how much all the people at IPI are aware of their past and willing to do something good of their life, trying to understand what is their potential and to develop it.”

Not only did Carlo learn a huge amount about the people of Kenya, but also got to experience the real culture of Kenya. One of the best parts about our volunteer programmes is that you get to take part in so much more than just the fantastic work that our projects are doing, but the huge amount of local activities that are on offer.
It’s been so fun to explore some of the beautiful places in the region with them, including a Safari at Samburu and a visit to the waterfalls.”
Now that our volunteer programme to Kenya is back in full swing, why not find out more about how you can get involved! We will help you take care of all the planning to get you to Africa and ensure that you’ll have an amazing time out there.
Now really is the time for a new adventure so get in touch now!

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susie Kemp

Susie has 30+ experience as a creative copywriter, editor, and proofreader, starting out as a 20-year-old copywriter in the Mad Men world of early 1990s advertising in South Africa. Ever since, she’s had a love affair with creative conceptualisation, thinking outside of the box, writing to a deadline, and being thrown in the deep end!

She took an MSc in Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University as a mature student, in 2015, and continues to keep herself busy working as a copy-editor, proofreader and copywriter in book publishing, corporate communications, and publishing project management.

Apart from her love of working with independent authors, Susie has a fondness for working in the third sector and likes to use her corporate communications and marketing experience to support projects close to her heart. She has lived and worked in the Findhorn area for 25 years, and has been involved in a number of third sector projects and organisations, and family businesses.

Working at Ecologia Youth Trust helps Susie to live in integrity with her values of supporting the next generation to be the best that they can be, and she sees it as a way to give back to Mama Africa, the beloved continent on which she was born.

Ellen Shaw

Ellen joined the Ecologia team in June 2018 as Marketing and Communications Manager. Ellen has lived in Scotland for 6 years and has worked for non-profit and charitable organisations across varied fields. She currently shares her passion for helping young people through Ecologia Youth Trust and she works as a dancer and dance teacher in her spare time.

Robyn Cooper

Robyn is the Associate Director of International Projects, having previously worked within the team as a Project Development and Marketing Officer from April 2019 until May 2021. As Associate Director, Robyn is co-leading the International side of Ecologia with Founder and Director, Liza Hollingshead, bringing a new energy into Ecologia as they look towards the future of the charity.

Liza Hollingshead

Liza is the founder of Ecologia and Director of International Projects. She was born and educated in South Africa and worked there as a high school teacher. She moved to live in the Findhorn Community in 1974. She started Ecologia in 1995 after being introduced to Dmitry Morozov, the founder of Kitezh Children’s Community in Russia, and was inspired to support the community in its mission to rescue orphaned children from institutions and give them homes, families and education in a supportive environment.

This led to projects supporting disadvantaged youth and children in South East Asia and in East Africa. TRead more about Liza’s story here.