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Africa & Asia Venture (AV) - A purposeful gap year

Date added: Wednesday 17th August 2016

The short term gains from my time with [Africa & Asia Venture] AV were clear to me: I had a fantastic experience during my time in Africa. Now, a few years down the line, the longer term gains are equally powerful. People who knew me before Malawi saw my broad personal development: confidence, independence and interpersonal skills all rocketed.

And when it came to applying for jobs after university, that is when the experience became invaluable. In a very competitive job market any chance to differentiate yourself must be seized with both hands. Being able to call on experiences to demonstrate key competencies recruiters are looking for such as “teamwork” or “learning from experience” is vital. AV gave me those experiences in abundance. And I am pleased to say that I was recruited by one of the world’s leading professional services firms.

Rory Weston – Malawi

(note: picture is of a different AV volunteer)