From my cushy lifestyle in UK to teaching in Mombasa......
It’s been nearly two months since I traded my cushy student lifestyle in the UK for a life teaching in Kenya. I’ve been munched on by mosquitoes, chased by elephants, and walked daily through the slums of Shariyako. It’s been the one of the biggest challenges of my life.
But I’ve tasted some amazing foods, observed Africa’s Big Five, and learnt a new language too. And, I have also met some amazing people along the way too.
When I first came to Kenya, I didn’t entyrely know what to expect. However, I soon realised that my imagination was much worse than reality. My preconceived ideas about what life would be like in Kenya had been totally blown-out-of-proportion, and all the butterflies that were fluttering in my chest subsided straight away, as soon as I stepped off the plane and onto Kenyan soil. And the reason why? Because from the taxi from the airport, to the volunteers I met in both the hotel and at the GVI house, to the teachers and students at Nyota School, and to all the people that I’ve met in between, there is such a strong welcoming feeling of friendliness, that it can be difficult to actually feel alone at any time.
What makes this project so special is the educational aspect. Ultimately, that is the reason why everyone is here: to educate children and adults so that they can better their current lifestyle, and aid them in working towards a brighter future. For some of you reading this, this may sound like you have heard it all before and do not believe anyone makes a difference.
However, when you’ve taught a class of twenty children how to write a composition, or taught a group of initially computer-illiterate adults into being capable of using Microsoft Office, you’re seeing that progression first-hand. This allows you to see the positive difference that you are making, which is what you are here for, right?
So, for those of you that are finding it difficult to decide whether or not to volunteer in Kenya, force yourself to really focus on your fears. If you have any doubts about volunteering here in Kenya, and are asking yourself if you are making the right life decisions, it helps to bring out the old scale of life. If you balance the concerns of leaving versus the personal profits, what you will lose versus what you will gain, the scale will keep pointing to a simple sentiment:
Go. For. It.
By Joe Doul – Volunteer
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