I have just waved good bye to 2 young women who have been staying with me for 3 months. They are part of a group of 18 youngsters (aged 18 to 29) sponsored by VSO and the British Council on a programme called Global Xchange:  a six-month exchange programme which gives young people from different countries a unique opportunity to work together, to develop and share valuable skills and to make a practical contribution where it is needed in local communities.

Sarah (from Gloucester) volunteered at Stepping Stones; offering art therapy to people with mental health difficulties. YuYu (from China) worked at Friends of the Earth. They will now spend another 3 months living together and working in community projects in China.

It was good to play a small part in this example of active global citizenship and to experience some of the immense energy and commitment to change that these young people have.

I wish them the very best of luck.p1010609