il Pigno, Sicily, Italy – 2012
Blog: Sarah’s Sicilian Adventure
In February 2012, Sarah travelled to Sicily to live with a family in Pisano, Mount Etna, an active volcano. There, she worked on their eco project to help transform the 100 year old wine yard into an organic vegetable farm. From picking avocados, farmer’s markets, seeing operations take place in an orange warehouse, clearing vines off olive trees, understanding what it takes to solar power the whole farm whilst exploring the region, Sarah learnt how to adopt and adapt to an eco friendly lifestyle. Sarah also explored the ancient Roman ruins in Catania, the ancient Greek ruins in Agrigento, cave of Saint Rosalia and the beautiful culture of Palermo. One night, Sarah woke up in the middle of an earthquake. A week later, the volcano erupted.
Burgess Sports, England – 2011
Video: Burgess Sports Promo
The teacher who taught Sarah about deforestation in the Amazon at nine years old and inspired her on the greatest journey of her life came back into Sarah’s life and they collaborated together. Vernon Neve Dunn, outstanding rugby coach wanted to make a difference in the lives of young people in Southwark. Sarah supported Vernon setting up a charity by the name of “Burgess Sports” which incorporates seven different sports for young people in the area to keep them off the streets and give them a goal to work towards in life. She was then hired to make a film for the charity which won “Best Sports Video” in Peckham Film Festival 2011.
Alchemy World, Ethiopia – 2010
Video: Bright Futures Workshops
A few days after graduating from her Filmmaking degree at Kingston University, Sarah was one of three graduates selected to take part in a project with Alchemy World (NGO) in Ethiopia. As a team, they produced and delivered a three day intensive workshop “Bright Futures” teaching entrepreneurship to students in colleges and universities throughout four cities in Ethiopia (Bahir Dar, Harar, Mekelle and Dire Dawa). As the Filmmaker, Sarah documented events of the workshop whilst facilitating the project. The aim of this project was to transform the future of Ethiopia’s economy providing them with self sustainable entrepreneurs.
Arajuno Road Project, Ecuador – 2010
Video: Teach in the Amazon
Sarah taught English to children in the Amazon schools and organised an “Eco Fashion Show” by recycling old clothes. During this time, Sarah investigated into the situation of students learning in the rural areas of the country and even took a step deeper into the culture when she took on the duty to sacrifice a chicken for school lunch.