“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

WHO AM I? My name is Molly Mathews, I’m 18 years old and I’m originally from Manchester, England. I was brought up in a small fishing village called Moraira in Alicante, Spain and I am currently living in Madrid, Spain, whilst studying International Relations at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.

From an early age, I have been completely and utterly addicted to traveling, something I definitely inherited from my parents who both love to travel. Thanks to their passion for traveling, I have learnt to fully embrace different cultures and dive head first into any adventure thrown at me.  I also have a deep appreciation for food (I’m a serious foodie) and enjoy maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

My ambition in life is to work at the United Nations, making positive changes to our society and leaving my footprint in the world for the better.

WHY DID I DECIDE TO START A BLOG? Last summer, after years of convincing my parents, they finally agreed that I was old enough, and so I traveled, by myself for the first time ever, to Ghana, Africa as a volunteer for 3 weeks. I had the most amazing, eye-opening experience of my life and can honestly say I went their to teach english, but whilst there, the Ghanaian culture and it’s incredible people ended up teaching me.

A few weeks after this trip, I started university and signed up for an organisation called Campus 89, that works in collaboration with Unicef fighting for children’s rights. Whilst speaking to my Campus coordinator, I told her all about my trip and she asked me if I would write a blog post about it. I was so excited and got straight to it (in Spanish of course!). Once my post was published, I realised just how much I had enjoyed writing about my experience and I finally took my mum’s advice and voilà, thats how Molly’s Footprints was created.