TWO young people have got Georgia on their mind as they look to build a better and brighter future.
Both Jamie Trowsdale, 20, and 18-year-old Nathan Humble, recently visited the Eastern European country as part of an initiative led by Foundation, the Whitby-based organisation which supports homeless youngsters such as themselves.
Their time in Georgia was spent with other volunteers from Poland and Slovakia where they took part in conservation work including litter picking and raising awareness about how best to look after the environment.
Nathan, who admits to having been in trouble with the police before moving to Foundation, said: “The area that we were working in was run down and a poor place which made me realise how lucky and fortunate I was. It made me respect the place I live in a lot more. I really felt for some of the people living there but there was never a day where they never had a smile on their face and were happy. I really enjoyed my time there I made lots of really good friends that I became close to and I will use the skills I have learned in the future.”
Equally as inspired by the visit was Jamie who added: “To me on a personal level, I felt that this was a life changing opportunity and would like to go on further projects in other countries. As a young person I feel that our generation is often judged for negative behaviour rather than the positive and I feel people should be given a chance no matter what their past circumstances are.”
Both Jamie and Nathan are now studying at Yorkshire Coast College and are determined to help them “move forward” with their lives.
Jane Baxter, a Housing Support Worker at Foundation, Belle Vue Terrace, added: “Many of the young people I work with have not been abroad before. It is a life changing experience and something that I do like to encourage due to the rural isolation of living in Whitby. It gives young people an insight to other cultures as well as learning new skills. Both Jamie and Nathan are hoping to do some more volunteering in the future.”