What members of staff do you remember the most and why?
Adeel, Rachid and Amina. They were always very friendly and helpful. I enjoyed sitting on the terrace in the evening with Adeel who told us funny stories.
What were your impressions of the accommodation?
It was better than I expected and I like the traditional building with the courtyard in the middle which was really authentic.
Have you done any similar volunteering before?
This was my first time volunteering anywhere.
Why did you want to volunteer?
I wanted to travel and do something to help others and put something back.
How did you find the children’s reactions to you and other volunteers?
They never stopped smiling and were a lot better behaved than I expected. They loved all the games and things we took for them. They really seemed to enjoy our visits and asked when we would be coming back.
What did you do for fun in your free time?
We did a camel safari and visited a waterfall. During the week in the evenings we spent time in the main square watching the entertainers and eating at the food stalls.
When was your most enjoyable experience?
Away from the children, feeding the monkeys at the waterfall.
How easy was it to make friends?
Very easy as everyone is there for the same thing and you spend all your time together.
What were the names of the best places to hang out and socialise, why was this?
My favourite place was cafe arab but there are lots of places to relax and eat near the square.
Would you consider going again or perhaps to another project with Original Volunteers?
I am planning to go to Ghana next, depends on time and how much I can save.
What would you say/recommend to a friend who was interested in volunteering?
Just do it. If I had known before I would have done it sooner.
What items would you suggest future volunteers pack?
Comfortable trousers are practical because it’s too hot for jeans in the heat
What items do you think are essential for daily use at the projects?
You need to take a bag with lots of things to do. You might not use them but if no one else takes games you’ll get stuck!