My time at Jacobs Ridge had quickly approached its end. I had the most incredible time spent with some of the most inspirational and kind people, and beautiful animals.
Before leaving for the airport, I went on my final morning dog walk, changed the animals’ waters and spent quality time with them. Barney (one of the resident dogs) followed me around and I couldn’t help but feel guilty for leaving him behind, yet, motivated to return to the ridge again in the future for more love and cuddles.
I was driven to Murcia (RMU) airport at 5:45pm by Amie – Volunteer Coordinator. The drive was lovely, and very scenic along the way. We chatted about my time at the sanctuary, animals, family and uni.
I arrived at the airport, and prepared myself to say goodbye to Amie, who I had been lucky enough to spend a large proportion of time with throughout the week. We unloaded my luggage from the boot, hugged and then I wandered into the airport in preparation for check-in and security.
RMU airport opened in January 2019. I found it very Autism friendly! The staff were extremely kind and accommodating, and the airport itself was quiet and easy to navigate around as it was very small. Bliss!
I then waited by the gate ready to board the plane at 7:45pm. I went in first to reduce my anxiety-levels, and the staff were very understanding with regards to this.
I boarded the plane and was set to travel the 2.5 hour journey back home to Manchester. I sat comfortably and read my book whilst peering out of the window occasionally to take in some of the most stunning landscape views.
I arrived in Manchester and was quick to collect my luggage from arrivals, after showing my passport to the lovely men sitting at the arrival desk.
Following this, I was met outside of the arrival section of Terminal One by my Mum and Grandad, both of who kindly offered to pick me up from the airport to take me back home.
I sat and chatted about my time at Jacobs Ridge, talking about the wonderful people and the beautiful animal residents I met throughout. I’m extremely excited to begin planning my next overseas work experience adventure, and I’m glad I chose Jacobs Ridge to be my first placement abroad.