Competition Winner

Rhiannon Fitz-Gerald discovered on Monday that she is the lucky winner of our International Volunteering Project competition. Rhiannon currently works for BBC Radio Gloucestershire but has recently been accepted to study a Masters degree in International Development. This will not be her first time to volunteer abroad, in 2010 she and some friends raised over £10,000 for Help for Heroes by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.  

   "I can't believe I've won this competition - I've never won anything before and at first I thought the email was just some spam! I'm so glad I opened it though and realised it was genuine."

By winning the competition Rhiannon gets to chose from a huge array of volunteer projects in mainland Europe including a music festival in Greece, youth work in Finland and forest preservation in Germany. As Rhiannon told us, "I can't wait to get on a project and experience another place and way of life... it's just choosing the project that's going to be the tricky thing now - so much choice!" In addition to picking the project of her choice she will also receive free travel to the project and insurance. 

On hearing that she had won the fabulous prize Rhiannon said: “On the day I found out I'd won the UNA Exchange competition I'd actually been thinking about doing another trip abroad to do some volunteering or doing another challenge to help raise money again for charity after having such an incredible experience last year raising money for Help For Heroes when I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro."