WCMT Roadshow

I had so much fun last Monday night presenting a brief summary of my 2015 Churchill Fellowship to a big crowd of potential  2017 applicants.  If you are thinking of applying to your own “experience of a lifetime” you’d better hurry, as applications close soon – good luck and bon voyage! https://www.churchilltrust.com.au

2016 Reflections

A couple of days ago, a colleague asked what 2017 would hold for me, and I admitted I didn’t yet know.  Only 12 months ago I was still in the final crazy preparations for my Churchill Fellowship (at this stage I was in the countdown – 12 days until departure).  For most of this year,Continue reading “2016 Reflections”

Report available on the WCMT website

So, the tasks of my Fellowship are officially complete, but hopefully the journey is just beginning.  In case anyone is eager to read the report of my recent journey, it is now available online at the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust website as a PDF.  https://www.churchilltrust.com.au/fellows/detail/4007/Narelle+Dickinson

2016 Churchill Fellowships application process now open

If you are an Australian resident and think that the Fellowship I just completed was pretty cool, this is your opportunity to apply for your own adventure.  For details on the application process, go to Churchill Trust Application. Online applications close on Sunday 15 May 2016 11.59PM

Stop 9: Home Again, Brisbane Queensland

I am now back on home soil (5 days sooner than expected).  I counted down the 48 sleeps since I left my family at Brisbane airport, and I can’t begin to describe how much missed them and how delighted I am to be back with them.  I flew over 63,000 km (that is equal to circumnavigating theContinue reading “Stop 9: Home Again, Brisbane Queensland”

Stop 8: Cambodia

Unfortunately, fate (or at least a virus and dehydration) intervened and prevented me from making my final stop in Cambodia.  This is a real disappointment to me, as Cambodia is the newest player in the international surrogacy industry, really only appearing in late 2014, and in a direct response to legislative changes in Thailand.  AsContinue reading “Stop 8: Cambodia”

Stop 7: India

My time in India ended up being a rather different-to-expected kind of adventure – I contracted a virus (probably on the flight from Russia, I suspect) and became quite ill with fevers, headaches and severe dehydration.  Unfortunately, as I was travelling alone, managing these symptoms was more difficult that usual and after being in IndiaContinue reading “Stop 7: India”

Stop 6: Russia

I spent 9 days in Russia – St Petersburg and Moscow – and I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the chance to visit there as part of my Fellowship. This is a country I never expected to have a chance to visit, and it is pretty unlikely the opportunity to visit again is likelyContinue reading “Stop 6: Russia”

Stop 5: New York/Pennsylvania

Officially, my week in New York was to have been vacation only, (and New York is one of the few USA states were surrogacy is not permitted) but those who know me best know that I am not awfully good at sitting still. In between checking out all of the usual tourist haunts (this isContinue reading “Stop 5: New York/Pennsylvania”

Stop 4: Massachusettes

I have had the absolute pleasure of spending the weekend (and my birthday)  in beautiful Boston.  I have significantly increased my knowledge of American history and was fascinated to walk the Boston “Freedom Trail” that took me all the way from Boston Common to the USS Constitution.  Today, I braved the rainy weather and madeContinue reading “Stop 4: Massachusettes”