Stephanie Wells Kenya Masai
Names of staff involved in your programme:
Albert, Paul, Josphat, Samsung, Frances.
What members of staff do you remember the most and why?
Josphat – he is so hardworking, such a gentleman – walked me back to where I was staying in the rain and dark one night! Very friendly and polite, has a great sense of humour and really makes you feel welcome. Please make sure you pass this on.
Why did you want to volunteer?
I have always wanted to do it, to experience different cultures and living, to make a positive contribution to people in need.
Do you feel you made a difference, how?
Yes, by staying with a Kenyan family I felt they learnt more English and about the UK culture. The masai children learnt from volunteers, such as playing games, sharing, saying please and thank-you etc. We (volunteers) purchased pipes for the masai to obtain water/fix existing pipes to get water We (volunteers) built a big vegetable patch for the masai people to grow vegetables and sell the produce to make some money Helped with the chores and cooking
What did you do for fun?
Went on safari, visited the lake, visited the nearest town – Ngong, played with the children of my host family, and organised games such as rounders, football, parachute with masai children
When was your most enjoyable experience, do you have an interesting story?
Finishing the vegetable patch in the garden! Such a good feeling!
Who did you make friends with and for what reasons?
With all the other volunteers (8 of them) because we were all out there together for the same reason
What were the names of the best places to hang out and socialise, why was this?
A cafe in Ngong does good garlic chips! There arent any places in the masai village to socialise as houses so far apart and gets dark early
What would you say/recommend to a friend who was interested in volunteering?
It is worthwhile doing and a great experience.
What items would you suggest future volunteers take?
Torch, lots of extra clothes as get filthy everyday!, suncream!, lots of snacks, Imodium, sturdy boots!!!!, strong backpack, photos from home to show host family, lots of batteries for camera, phone charger as can charge in Ngong.
Could you offer any tips to future volunteers?
The school is closed in august for those who want to teach. Take extra torches as gets dark early, take lots of snacks, and take lots of toilet roll!