My name is Bella Hikuroa. I graduated from Middleton Grange School in 2020, and applied for the Midwifery course at ARA. My application was not accepted for the 2021 intake so I thought really hard about what I wanted to do to prepare to re-apply for 2022. The same day my application was turned down I received an opportunity to go to South Sudan (a country in East Africa) and homeschool the three daughters of Missionary doctors. I embarked on my 7 month journey in May and returned in December of 2021. For those 7 months I spent every morning working through the New Zealand curriculum via Te Kura with my students. And spent the afternoons volunteering in the clinic the doctors were running. I gathered so much experience shadowing a nurse in the ward and was also able to witness many births in the maternity ward, and assisted practically in 16 births. Upon returning home I applied for Midwifery again, and was accepted into the 2022 course. I am only at the beginning of my Midwifery training, but after I have completed the three years of study I hope to gain my registration and go back overseas. I am still unsure if I will return to South Sudan or another country. However I am willing to go where God calls me, and share his love with women through midwifery care anywhere I find myself.