Laura McCartan
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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.

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Is There a Problem With 'Little White Girls?'

(1) Comments | Posted 28 February 2014 | (10:40)

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 | (16:15)

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 | (17:39)

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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