I thought I would just start off by introducing myself even though this was mainly created for friends and family. Nevertheless, I’m Anna Thomassen and I’m 18 years old. I graduated from the International School of Luxembourg in June 2014 and will now embark on a gap year. I’ve lived in Luxembourg for most of my life, 13 years to be exact, but I am and will always be a very proud Norwegian!
I’ve always been one to love adventures, traveling and taking part in new experiences. I enjoy doing things I’ve never done before and I’ve been involved in many different and new experiences throughout my school years. Taking a gap year is always something I’ve seen myself doing, traveling, working with people and, well, doing things I’ve never done before! I believe there is a lot to learn outside text books and that is why I hope this year can teach me almost as much as any year at school could. After my gap year I wish to study medicine and with at least 5-7 years at university, I don’t think it hurts to spend a year outside an academic environment!
Living in central Luxembourg has enabled me to explore a lot of Europe, I’ve been a tourist in both NYC and Miami, and I was fortunate enough to be able to travel to Tanzania for two weeks with my school two years ago to help at an orphanage and a school. I will now expand my travels and fill up my passport pages with plenty of stamps by going to Cape Town, South Africa and Grenada. Well, first I need to get my passport back from the South African embassy, who are hopefully granting me a visa…
On Saturday I leave for Cape Town where I will stay for 3 months. I will volunteer through the organisation ViaVolunteers at two different orphanages, Fikelela Children’s Home and St. George’s Home for Girls. I have also signed up for a one week scuba-diving course (a bit nervous for this part). My journey will then continue on to Grenada where I will volunteer for the Jason Robert’s Foundation.
The following websites can give you some more information on the projects:
- Fikelela Children’s Home: http://www.viavolunteers.com/volunteer-south-africa-fikelela-children-khayelitsha-cape-town
- St. George’s Home for Girls: http://www.viavolunteers.com/volunteer-south-africa-childrens-home-girls-cape-town
- Jason Roberts Foundation: http://jasonrobertsfoundation.com/index.htm
So the countdown is soon over, so I need to get packing and I’ll soon be good to go!
I will be taking pictures and updating regularly so family and friends can keep updated with whatever I’m up to 🙂