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reverse culture shock: Nicaragua to the UK

Reverse culture shock: Why aren’t complete strangers talking to me, and where are all the chickens?

From chickens to clothes to children, strangers to straighteners to Spanglish … after two months in Nicaragua, I’m experiencing a little dose of reverse culture shock back here in the UK. Reverse culture shock 1: From morning person to night owl I’m quite happy not being woken up by chickens, monkeys and the 6am bus […]

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change your career through volunteering

Case study: how volunteering can help change your career

Meet Mark. He changed his career in his late 40s through volunteering, and now works his dream job as a successful gardener for a stately home in Yorkshire, UK. This is his story of how he “turned a crap situation into a brilliant one”, and his top tips for how volunteering can help change your career. When […]

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returning home to the UK

Returning home to the UK: reflections

I can’t believe it. My month-long trip from Budapest to Athens is at an end. It’s been awesome. From the hospitality in Albania, to the Greeks who kept trying to overfeed me; from the architecture of Budapest to the “too cool for school” vibe of Zagreb. As I spend my first 24 hours after returning home […]

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what to expect on a yoga retreat

What to expect on a yoga retreat

Ooh, it’s a while since I’ve used those hamstring muscles. That’s my initial thought, just five minutes into the first class of a weekend yoga retreat in Devon, UK. Whether it’s for a holiday or as part of a career break, here are my tips on what to expect on a yoga retreat. The format Typically […]

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Brimham Rocks

Top 5 Yorkshire days out

Here’s a snapshot of five varied days Yorkshire days out in what us local folk call – without a sense of irony – “God’s own county.” The Yorkshire Sculpture Park Best for short walks with a bit of art thrown in Barbara Hepworth. Henry Moore. Just two of the internationally famous sculptors whose works you’ll see […]

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no shoe shopping on my career break

Flexibility, learning, creativity – my career break one month in

It’s now one month since my last day in corporate world – a day on which my erstwhile work laptop unceremoniously, and perhaps significantly, gave up the ghost at 5pm. I’m using this mini milestone as a chance to reflect on everything this past month has thrown at me – what’s been wonderful, what’s been […]

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volunteering from home with Marie Curie

The advantages of volunteering from home

If you’re considering volunteer work on your career break, there are some definite pluses for keeping it close to home. You may be sacrificing the experience of an exotic destination; but being home-based comes with its own set of advantages. Here I explore some of them, plus my own experiences volunteering from home in the UK. […]

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