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Cologne 2008

It would be hard to overstate the significance of the opportunity I have been given by the ISA charity: the gift of travel, of ambition to explore – the world, different ideas, and myself.
The idea of travelling alone is daunting, I was worried… it turns out that the world is full of f riends: just ones we haven’t met yet. I now believe that to travel with established friends is to miss an opportunity, of really meeting new people and of realising the power of yourself: to be strong, to be self‐reliant, and to take part in life on your own terms, without hiding.
There are lessons that one cannot be taught, one just has to dive in and see what happens, to be brave and trust that we are all members of a single people, of a single human race.
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One day I will return to Mexico and explore more of its beautiful and varied landscape. Once qualified as a doctor I hope to help improve work in the same hospital that so warmly invited me in and taught me so much. I have learnt not only independence and confidence but also to appreciate each opportunity I am give in life and to strive, no matter what odds are laid in my path for what I want to achieve. My experience in Mexico has given me an urge to travel, to aid as many as I can and also to smile, no matter what happens.

Nalini Sethia, City of London Girls School, 2006

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