Six things I have learnt from being a full-time volunteer with City Year UK

City Year UK ( is a youth social action charity which challenges 18-25 year olds to volunteer full-time in schools for a year as near peer mentors. City Year works in some of the UK’s most disadvantaged communities, in an attempt to tackle educational inequality. As we reach national volunteers’ week (, I wanted […]

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24 Hours in Belfast

This is a delayed post, documenting my 24 hour visit to Belfast at the end of October 2016. After visiting my old housemate in Seville over half term, the cheapest flight back to Manchester was via Belfast. I delayed my return flight by 24 hours so I would have the chance to look around a […]

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Budapest Day Three

After a slow start to the morning, we walked about a mile to one of Budapest’s largest ruin bars – Szimpla Kert ( The bar is set in a huge building with so many different rooms and bars. It is a collection of all things weird and wonderful, the overall effect is that it is […]

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Budapest Day Two

House of Terror Our first stop this morning was to the House of Terror, a museum dedicated to the victims of Hungary’s recent terror, during and following World War Two. The site of the museum is in a building that served first as the headquarters of the Hungarian Arrow Cross Party (Hungarian Nazi Party) and […]

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Budapest Day One

As it’s half term, I’ve travelled to Budapest with my sister, Julia, for a cheap city break. Our flight got us into Budapest (from Manchester) at 5pm local time. We bought a 24 hour travel card for just under £5 then hopped on to a bus and then the Metro to our Airbnb studio flat […]

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Three Days In Seville

In August 2016, I joined City Year UK. City Year is a youth social action charity which aims to tackle educational inequality through young people mentoring school children. I am based full-time in a primary school, and to celebrate surviving (and enjoying!) my first half term, I thought I would make the most of the […]

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