Jordan Ferguson's Gap Year Grant report 2018
The Trust awarded a Gap Year Grant to Jordan Ferguson.
Jordan was support staff for Outward Bound South Africa.
This is his report on his return.
Report to the Roughley Trust
My year of volunteering with Project Trust has finally
reached the end and what a year it has been.
I have been working with Outward Bound South Africa (OBSA) as
support staff for the whole year. OBSA has its main base in
Sedgefield on the Garden Route in Western Cape but it has many
other bases across the country.
I was involved with a wide range of duties such as water
support, setting up high rope activities, assisting with rock
climbing and abseiling setups, gear safety checks, maintenance
and cleaning. My role became similar to a course instructor in
the sense that I managed the different groups of participants
and structured games with them. Over the year I gained two
qualifications with certificates, eg level 3 first aid and I
gained training in all outward bound activities and equipment
such as rock climbing set ups, kayak rolls, canoeing and much
I have had countless opportunities to meet new people, with
frequent travelling around to the different bases and holding
courses always with a different range of participants. This
greatly benefitted my personal confidence and people skills. I
have met and made friends with people from all backgrounds and
age groups. Throughout the whole year, people responded
happily and everyone always had smiles on their faces and
positivity was shown to everyone.
A year seems like a massive amount of time to commit at age
18. But this extended period of allowed me to immerse myself
in an amazingly diverse and beautiful country as well as to
discover new cultures, and I was able to dive in head first
with inquisitiveness and excitement.
In the beginning I wasn’t able to recognise any personal
growth or differences in myself. But in the final few months I
started noticing how I was viewing topics from alternative
perspectives and experiencing changes in my ideals and norms.
I believe I have grown significantly over this year and have
become so much more independent. I now take the initiative and
strive for greatness in everything I do.
I met amazing people from different backgrounds, which has
improved my empathy and sympathy skills, as well as improving
my understanding of people. No one will fully understand
certain of these experiences unless they were there with me,
This year has benefitted me in ways I thought were
impossible. I have grown so much more than I thought I could
and I want to thank the Roughley Trust for helping to give me
Jordan Ferguson September 2018