#1. Jack volunteers with TIP
“Before I went to Kosovë to work with TIP I was your typical disenfranchised millennial. I was working in a bar but telling people that I was a sound engineer; I was going out a lot but was always bored; I was living in a place filled with opportunity but was blind to any of it. After some time I was beginning to think that I might be a bit unhappy with my situation.
As luck would have it, Elizabeth Gowing was visiting my family. She told me that she was looking for volunteers. I thought this seemed like something new and I liked the idea of helping people too. Going to Kosovë then turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life.
After staying and working all over Kosova, meeting some of the most hospitable people I have ever met and after a couple of culture shocks as well as a couple of rakis, I believe something had changed in me. I returned to the UK with a new drive to be better and to do better. I signed up for an access course, spent a year at college and am now currently undertaking a degree in Paramedic Science, which I will graduate from in 2020.
I truly believe that The Ideas Partnership and Kosova gave me the humility and the understanding that allowed me to become a better version of myself. I would whole-heartedly encourage anyone to spend some time with TIP. I have subsequently returned to Kosovë around a dozen times in the past few years and plan to keep doing so though out the years to come.”