Kelly Marlow writes
On March 3rd – 5th 2017 Cardiff Volunteering host Jailbreak 2017 and after the success of Jailbreak 2016 the Cardiff Volunteering team can’t wait for it to all kick off again! Last year we had 15 teams race to get out of the country as fast as they could, with 52 hours to get as far away from Cardiff as possible without spending any of their own money on transport. Whilst on their travels, students completed a number of challenges which ranged from best jump photo, to giving flowers to a stranger, to bringing back the tackiest souvenir. One of our favourites was assigning every team a (raw) egg and challenging them to keep it intact for the whole weekend, sending us photos of their egg on its journey! Every team raised money for Cardiff Volunteering, the SU’s in house independent charity, which meant we could put money towards starting more Cardiff Volunteering projects and helping more people for this academic year!
Last year our teams did an incredible job, reaching everywhere from England, Ireland and Scotland (they all made it out of Wales!) to Spain, Germany, Holland and Belgium. Teams blagged everything including flights, hotel rooms and even drinks at the bar! Last year’s winning team made is to Istanbul, setting a new Cardiff record. Think you can beat them? Get involved early bird tickets are now on sale for a limited time!
If traveling on a zero budget isn’t your thing we also have a Jailbreak HQ! In Jailbreak HQ, for the whole 52 hours, Volunteering staff and student volunteers take shifts to man the maps, text service and twitter pages to keep tabs on the teams throughout their journeys, helping to keep the teams safe. Stories flood in over the weekend, which last year including a team being stuck in Newport, getting picked up by the Police and cars breaking down!
If you’re interested in volunteering at Jailbreak HQ then send us an email (Volunteering@Cardiff.ac.uk) to show your interest and we’ll get back to you closer to the date. If you’re interested in getting a team together and taking part in Jailbreak 2017 visit the Cardiff Volunteering webpages on the Students’ Union website to buy your tickets, or find us in the Events pages. What are you waiting for!?