Written By: Alpha Bangura
My journey to Bali happened a couple of weeks ago when I had the privilege to attend the ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Youth Forum. I I must admit, i was truly taken aback and honored to be chosen by the United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA) as one of the youth delegates to represent Sierra Leone. The opportunity to meet and interface with young advocates from every corner of the globe revived my excitement and fueled my passion to learn and make changes in the lives of young people. I delightedly accepted the invitation with open arms and embarked on what I must say was one of the longest and most hectic voyages I have ever been on. Which coincidentally was my first experience traveling outside of Sierra Leone.
This adventure ferried me to countries I had fantasized about visiting if I had unlimited time and money . Places like Senegal, Gambia, Ghana, Dubai and Indonesia itself. After my long trip I finally arrived in Bali. It was everything I imagined - a big and sprawling island. A far cry from my humble Sierra Leone.
At the conference I connected with delegates from over a hundred countries, some of which I had never heard about. Before leaving Sierra Leone I vowed to absorb as much information as I can, network, and have as much fun as possible during my trip. The conference not only provided us with knowledge about global issues pertaining to health, education, human rights etc., but also empowered and equipped us with tools to help us take action in our communities.
I am so grateful for this life changing experience, and I look forward to being a part of change for my country Sierra Leone.