I went on the Encompass trip for ten days with Alex and Leslie and it was so good, I had a great experience and I got to meet a lot of interesting people from different parts of the world. There were eight people from the UK, five people from the USA, four people from Palestine, four from Israel and four from Indonesia. The whole program was to talk about the conflict between Palestine and Israel. It was good to see groups of people from conflicting countries come together and talk and get to know one another and in time build a friendship. We had a lot of discussions about identity, privilege and values.

They were able to talk their problem and everyone was listening. There were a few up and downs but over time, they all just came together and we all became one big family. We did a lot of adventure activities but I really enjoyed gorge scrabbling. It was really good, but hard at time but it taught us to work together to reach the top and it showed us that having a team to support you is very helpful.

While I was in Wales, I learned a lot of things which really made me think about life and what I want to next. One of the activities that we did was to climb a mountain without any protective gear and I’m really scared of heights so this was a real challenge for me, but because of the friends I made that week I had so much trust from them and know they would be so supportive to me. So we ventured up to the 3000 foot mountain. It was so hard and scary but we pushed on.

There was time when I thought to myself that I should go back down or just stop and go no further but I just thought to myself if I scale this mountain it would be an achievement and I could say that I done that when I look back in my life. As we were climbing there were times when we thought we had reached the top but we didn’t and we were going higher. We finally made it to the top and the view was just amazing, looking down over wales it was just breath taking. The journey down from the top of the mountain was intense because you didn’t want to rush it in case you fell and it was quite a big drop.

When we got back to London, we had a certificate ceremony for everyone and we went out and saw the sights and went to the museum. Working at Salmon has been good as I got to go on such an amazing trip because it has change how I see things now and I appreciate it a lot.  I feel that being at Salmon made me a better person and I’m so glad they gave me the opportunity to join their team and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for me next.

Thank you for reading my blog.

Remi Jackson, Youth Work Apprentice (20)

Apprentices are young people who are gaining work experience while working on a Level 3 youth work qualification. They spend thirty-five hours a week for up to nine months at Salmon on a paid salary. This gives them access to higher education, which they previously would not have had, or it leads to the start of a career in youth work. The apprentices are very important to Salmon, as we get to invest a lot of time in them, helping them to grow on a personal, political, social and spiritual level. Also, as they are still young themselves, they are often very good at connecting with the young people we work with and a lot of young people look up to them.


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