Laura McCartan
Laura McCartan is a final year history undergraduate at the University of York. When working as a long term volunteer for the Rosie May Memorial Fund in Sri Lanka, her time is spent teaching English and playing games with the girls in the orphanage as well as helping to accommodate other volunteers. She is passionate about female empowerment, particularly for the girls she works with, and the importance of education in international development. When she’s in the UK, Laura likes substituting meals for jars of peanut butter, and her iPod.

Entries by Laura McCartan

Magic Beans

(0) Comments | Posted 28 July 2015 | (09:11)

We were sitting inside the staffroom of a school about twenty minutes away from the Rosie May Home. Spending my mornings here, I had been preparing them, and myself, for the influx of volunteers I would have in the next few weeks. I got to know the staff well and...

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Teach and Get a Tan

(0) Comments | Posted 26 February 2015 | (11:10)

I started by pitching a volunteer opportunity, 'You can change her life and become a surrogate parent.'

It always makes me cringe to make lots of cliché promises about volunteering to groups of enthusiastic uni students sitting in front of me. This time it was Nottingham University, and guest speaking...

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The Reality of Institutionalisation

(0) Comments | Posted 18 December 2014 | (12:47)


After attending the International Volunteering Conference in Croydon, The Rosie May Memorial Fund were invited to share their opinion on international volunteering, the problem's with institutionalisation, and the bad press volunteering faces:
Sri Lanka was the second worst hit country in...

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Is There a Problem With 'Little White Girls?'

(1) Comments | Posted 28 February 2014 | (11:40)

So for the past few weeks, social media seems incredibly concerned with an article written to explain why white people are damaging to hands on international aid. It seems that their money would be better spent from their homes, and given to people who know better. White people in the...

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One Could Not Count the Moons That Shimmer on Her Roofs

(0) Comments | Posted 9 December 2013 | (17:15)

For a summer, I was a part of something really amazing that allowed me to meet inspiring people, see some incredible things, but more importantly to make a difference to the lives of young people. I felt completely passionate about something I was doing, and that's a feeling I'm trying...

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Volunteering, Tourism and Teaching

(0) Comments | Posted 12 November 2013 | (18:39)

It's pretty common at university to be bombarded with images of smiling friends helping poor and clearly suffering orphans somewhere in Africa for a week, then going on safari, 'teach and get a tan'. The problem arises from that fact that all too often it is only the corporations organising...

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