Written by Eleanor Long who is currently on the Brazil Immersion Programme in Rio de Janeiro.
After endlessly rushing and never taking time to stop and evaluate it, about 7 months ago I finally decided that my job, although fun, wasn’t really heading anywhere. I loved my colleagues and the start-up environment, but I felt there were two very important things missing; job satisfaction and making an impact. I wanted to know that things were changing for the better because of the company I was working for, and that inspired me to look for something else.
I spotted _SocialStarters on Escape the City around that time, and it instantly struck a chord with me. It was exactly the thing I had been searching for. I had been wanting to take a break, get a bit of fresh air and perspective and travel in South America for a while, but I wanted to find a different way to travel this time. _SocialStarters looked like something very worthwhile that would change my perceptions, challenge and inspire me, whilst giving me the opportunity to meet like-minded people and discover a new country. I’m hoping it will be all of these things.
I am so excited to be going on this journey, and I cannot wait to see Brazil from a side that tourists rarely get to see. To meet local people, find out about Brazilian everyday life, culture and opinions, even for a short time, is something I am really looking forward to.
I hope that my experience of working in the UK start-up environment as a Marketing and Communications specialist will be beneficial to my client, and I think I will learn just as much from them as they will from me. I am hoping to make valuable personal connections with people from many different backgrounds, whilst at the same time gain strong experience that can act as a stepping stone into more fulfilling work in a sector that I am passionate about.
Rio de Janeiro, with it’s incredible vibrancy, colour, and energy – I can’t think of a city I would rather spend 6 weeks in right now, and I can’t wait to start!
Would you like to #JoinUs in either Brazil, India, or Sri Lanka in 2016? APPLY HERE. Immersion Programmes are running throughout the year as well as a new programme format for people who can’t take 6 weeks out of their lives – our 2-3 week Inspiration Programme in Rio in August/September, and our flexible volunteer programme _TheAssignment. See our website for more details www.socialstarters.org.