Tag Archive: Volunteering

Meeting “Mr Breakfast” – Newton’s Story

Our Balloon ICS volunteers work with entrepreneurs from a wide range of backgrounds. Many are first-time business owners with only a big idea. Some, however, like Newton in Ho, Ghana, have had businesses… Continue reading

Let’s Get Fruity! An interview with a Balloon ICS entrepreneur.

Whilst on their own Balloon ICS placement in Kericho, Kenya, one of our Volunteers met up with Gideon Mutai, a former Balloon Entrepreneur, to talk to him about his experience of the programme… Continue reading

Balloon Ventures: Reflections and Chill

And so the halfway point of the programme came around just as quickly as everyone had previously warned us, and before you know it we were all packed into matatus (public buses here)… Continue reading

I now partly understand the stuggles of woman in Kisii and it’s important to share these experiences – No sugar-coating!

“How’s Kisii Qiarna???”, “Kenya must be amazing!”,”OMG I bet your having the time of your life!!!!???” These are the questions I tend to see come through my WhatsApp from friends and hear via calls from… Continue reading

Philippines Fellowship: First Impressions

Sunday 24th July Baguio City, Philippines Despite only being eight days ago, it seems like our arrival in Baguio happened far earlier than that. Baguio itself is a place like no other, a… Continue reading

Blowing up in the Philippines

Balloon Ventures has partnered with the British Council in the Philippines to pilot the programme in Baguio City this year. We have recruited 12 fellows from the UK and China who will be… Continue reading

3 reasons I’m excited about my Balloon Fellowship

Someone once said, “History is more than the path left by the past. It influences the present and can shape the future.” I recall this quote because I’m beginning to appreciate more and… Continue reading

Man of The Year

I studied Business in college, I did a BTEC but I always felt that my heart wasn’t in it. I would plough through work as quickly as possible and in my study periods… Continue reading

A heated debate: Balloon ICS should only work with sustainable businesses

Curriculum Training brought up its fair share of interesting topics but this has to be the most controversial of them all. After three days of torrential rain the sun finally came out and… Continue reading