GMIH is supported Nathalie to do a diploma course in humanitarian assistance in the summer of 2014. Nathalie explains what she’s doing:
“My background is within tourism and I am currently in my final year of my undergraduate degree in Tourism Management at Bournemouth University. During my placement year in 2012, I was diagnosed with cancer and had to take 1.5 years out to undergo treatment. My cancer was not diagnosed in time and is therefore incurable now. But despite this I was determined to return to university to finish my studies and it was during this past year that my interest in disaster management and humanitarian aid has developed further. My aspiration is to work within this field and make a difference to people in very vulnerable situations that are highly in need of external help. This is an area somewhat overlooked within the tourism industry but as the majority of all tourist destinations are in sensitive areas it is likewise a very important aspect.”
I also want to use experiences of my own hardships to inspire others to fulfil their aspirations, enjoy the present and realise that nothing is impossible no matter how dark it seems. Being able to do this course is a great achievement for me and something, when I was diagnosed with secondary cancer, never thought I would have the opportunity to do.