Amber Aldridge-White


Posted By on Sep 3, 2013

  Amber is from Pembrokshire in Wales where she grew up, she is 19 years old and studies at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David in Lampeter. She is currently studying for an Anthropology degree which she throughly enjoys as she has a keen interest in people and cultures.  At college she studied Media studies, Drama and R.eligious studies she is very interested in media and drama and is a very talented actress; she aspires to do this as a further career after her degree. Though Amber is from countryside she is obsessed with the city life and frequently visits London to attend gigs and shows, she loves music and is probably one of Jessie J’s biggest fans. In her spare time she likes to play the guitar and sing along to her favourite artists songs. Amber is a very active and spontaneous person hence why she decided to come on The Handshake expedition, the fact that she studies Anthropology sways in her favour as this trip will be based around small communities where she will have time to understand the people and grasp the concept of the varied cultures in East Africa, Kenya. Her first impression of Kenya; she was pretty startled at the way of life here and how different it is to that at home. However, as the time has gone on she has settled in and really likes it and finds the people very friendly and welcoming. Her biggest challenge is using apple mac laptops and moving away from home to go to...

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Anna Bilham


Posted By on Sep 3, 2013

  Anna is 26 and lives just north of Bristol; she works for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) as a personal assistant to three senior managers.  She is originally from east London, where she was born in Whippscross Hospital, which is coincidentally also where David Beckham was born.  She grew up just down the road from the critically-acclaimed boyband East 17, whose hits include ‘Stay Another Day’, ‘Deep’ and some others, apparently.  Before working for HEFCE Anna studied psychology at the University of West England (UWE) in Bristol.  Upon graduating she worked in recruitment for a while in Southampton, before decided that this wasn’t the job for her and relocating back to the south-west. After a difficult year and having got settled into her new job, Anna felt motivated to try something new that would challenge her and get her out of her comfort zone, whilst building confidence and developing new skills, but wasn’t quite sure what it was.  At this point she got talking to her colleague at HEFCE, Lucy, who has volunteered with and worked for Handshake in the past and continues to contribute as a project developer in the UK, and as a team leader when in Africa.  Lucy would wax lyrical in the office about Handshake and Africa in general, and her enthusiasm obviously paid dividends as Anna booked herself in as a volunteer on this Handshake project in Kenya.  It was very much a case of being in the right place at the right time. Anna says her greatest achievement to date was having the motivation and desire to go to university and graduate following a difficult period in the lead up to her studies. Her first impression of the other Handshake volunteers was that they all clicked immediately and were warm, welcoming and friendly (once they had worked out who she was).  She knows the Handshake staff before coming out to Kenya, through her friendship with Lucy, but enjoys seeing them in a different context and setting out in the field.  Mick, the Oasis Overland driver, is, in her view, an ‘absolute lad’. She sees the biggest challenges for her on the trip as missing home and resisting the temptation to stroke...

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