Hannah Horler is the Managing Director of Cartwheel Recruitment, and took part in Springboard's TREK '18: Vietnam. We chatted to her to see if she had any advice for the next generation of Trekkers.
How did you fundraise the required amount for TREK? What tips do you have for newbies who may have never fundraised before?
"I actually raised my funds entirely through donations. When doing this, target the key people you know, and send the appeal out several times (taking off the names of those who have donated, as you go) - this way you gently keep on top of those who often say yes, but won’t get around to it without a couple of nudges."
In what ways did you prepare for TREK – physically, mentally or in terms of clothing and equipment? Do you have any advice that you wish someone might have given you beforehand?
"In terms of preparation for the trek, I ensured I kept fit. The treks aren’t overly challenging, so you don’t need to worry about not being super fit – but you do need to be comfortable being on your feet for many hours every day. If you’re normally less active, make sure you walk a lot in preparation. Good quality walking socks are a must though - It makes such a difference to your feet! Take either one pair for each day, or you could even manage with a pair for every two days."
"The one thing that was not communicated as well was about casual clothing for the evenings. You tend to focus on your trekking gear when packing, and don’t think about what you’re going to change into after a day of trekking, so take some casual/comfortable lounging gear. Also, ask if you’ll be going to any smart restaurants, for which you’ll need one or two smart outfits."
What was the best part about TREK? How did the TREK enrich your life? How did it feel to help people across the world, while undertaking the adventure of a lifetime?
"There were many great parts of the trek. The walking and amazing scenery is a great escape from normal day-to-day life, and having time to chat with lots of interesting people really enriches your life.
"As does the school project. It was very humbling putting in so much effort and seeing the sheer gratitude of the locals at what were able to leave them with. Truly special memories."
If you'd take the journey of a lifetime, while helping people all across the world, then make sure you head to springboard.uk.net/TREK.