Sarah Grier – Review


Going to Mombasa and working on the street kids project had been at the back of my mind for at least 5 years…last June I just decided to book it…6 months later I reached steamy hot Africa, not knowing a word of Swahili and not really knowing what was about to take hold of me.

Here’s my story and why I am going back for a second time…

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Aidan Flynn – Review


Why did you want to volunteer?

To try to make a difference in a child’s life. To see if I could help someone less fortunate even if in a small way.

Do you feel you made a difference, how?

Yes, by helping the boys to read and write we were able to help in some part in improving their future.

What did you do for fun?

We played games, played cricket outside after classes.

When was your most enjoyable experience, do you have an interesting story?

Playing cricket with the boys – they didn’t want to stop.

Would you considering going again or perhaps to another project with Original Volunteers?

Yes but I would like to try some other projects, Cambodia and Thailand appeals to me.

What would you say/recommend to a friend who was interested in volunteering?

Just have a go and see what happens, you will be surprised how easy it is and everyone is so friendly.

What items would you suggest future volunteers pack?

Clothes for summer and spring – I was there in the winter and was still really warm.

How much money would you suggest you take per week?

£50 is enough for all your basics.

Could you offer any tips to future volunteers?

Just have a go! It’s really not that hard and you’l be a better person for it afterwards!

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Emma Harper – Review


Why did you choose to volunteer?

I had been to Kenya before for a holiday with my family.

Do you feel you made a difference, how?

Yes definitely, the boys rely on volunteers being there and helping them. Sometimes you think your hour might have made them change their mind and not go back to the streets. That is a massive deal.

What did you do for fun?

I enjoyed sitting chatting with the staff in the evenings and learning more about what it is like to live there, some volunteers went into the city to hotel bars for fun.

When was your most enjoyable experience, do you have an interesting story?

When we took the boys to the beach and organised a picnic that was great fun. Some of the boys had never been to the beach to have fun.

Would you considering going again or perhaps to another project with Original Volunteers?

Yes I would like to go back to Mombasa, one of the other volunteers was on her second visit as her first trip had affected her a lot and she wanted to keep on helping the project.

What would you say/recommend to a friend who was interested in volunteering?

Just do it and don’t let anyone put you off. The people are amazing and the boys at the shelter really need all the support they can get.

What items would you suggest future volunteers pack?

There is no need to bring a lot of things for the boys as you can buy everything there for less. I bought some new shorts and t-shirts for the boys. They also need more paper and pens but find out before you go so you take what is needed.

How much money would you suggest you take per week?

£50 was more than enough. I spent £380 on a safari, it was a once in a lifetime experience and I could have paid less.

Could you offer any tips to future volunteers?

Don’t let anything stand in your way, the boys need you.

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Amanda Mullen – Review


Off to Mombasa! Well, After a long flight to Mombasa I was picked up by a really lovely gentleman, and driven through the suburbs of Mombasa. Already you can see the major contrasts between the UK, where we live and where they live. It was so different…

Here’s the rest of my story with photos and why I fell in love with this project…

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It was an amazing time in Africa – Sarah Ashmore


The street kids project in Mombasa, Kenya is a favourite with many of our volunteers, and Sarah Ashmore is no exception. Sarah, 40, from Orpington in Kent, volunteered at the educational centre for street children for two weeks. Teaching children aged between seven and seventeen can be a challenge, but it is also extremely fulfilling.

It was amazing. All the staff and other volunteers made it a really special experience, but especially the children. The age range is huge, but some come across as being younger than their age and that is reflected in the level you teach at. It’s a great organisation.

The shared volunteer apartment also adds to the feeling of community in Mombasa, and spending so much time with the boys really shows volunteers that their contribution is integral to the continued success of the centre. As Sarah and other volunteers have experienced, it’s amazing how the simplest resources can make a real difference to the children you visit.

The volunteers do most of the teaching, after Madam Pamela has given the morning lessons, so it is good if people take out books that will help them to make lesson plans. English, maths, geography and science are particularly helpful, along with any other topics they think would be good to teach.

However, it’s not all hard work. The chance to take time out and have fun with the children as well as educate them was an important part of Sarah’s volunteering experience, and sparked her enthusiasm to volunteer in the future.

I would recommend that anyone going takes along some colouring books and pens, the boys are very creative and really like this. Any kind of arts and crafts, such as beads or other things that can be made, are great, and can make for a very constructive afternoon! My time at the project was great, and I hope to get the chance to work on this or another project soon.

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Nurse reviews time volunteering in Mombassa


NURSE FROM BIRMINGHAM DESCRIBES VOLUNTEERING IN MOMBASSA AS ‘BEST THING EVER’.

A Nurse from Birmingham who volunteered at an Orphanage in Mombassa has described her time there as the ‘best thing ever’.

Satwant Kaur spent 2 weeks at the Orphanage in September, ‘Loved’ her time spent there, and is making plans to volunteer abroad again with Original Volunteers.

She said that she would definitely recommend volunteering to people, particularly in Mombassa. ‘ I would recommend it as a first one’ she said, adding that ‘they looked after me so well, and I felt safe there’.

Satwant, who has a PGCE, particularly enjoyed teaching English, and Maths to the children, and hopes to return to Mombassa again one day. For the moment she is thinking about volunteering in Thailand, working at an Orphanage again, possibly at the end of April. ‘ I gained a great deal of personal satisfaction’ she said, talking about her time spent there, and that it was a wonderful feeling to be able to ‘put a smile on the children’s faces’.

We are very happy to hear that Satwand had such a wonderful time, and very pleased to hear that she is considering volunteering abroad again with us.

If you feel that you could enrich, and enhance the lives of Orphanage children why not contact us on 01603 856932 or contact us by e mail on [email protected]

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Volunteer Reviews her time in Kenya


Cheap Volunteer Prices for Volunteering in Kenya

Being able to volunteer with us for a short time, and at a fraction of the cost of Charity organisations appealed to University student Cassandra Badham.

Cassandra, who is studying for an English degree, wanted to spend 3 weeks volunteering in Africa before returning to her course. However, she found that many charity organisations spent months assessing as to whether you were suitable or not, wanted you to volunteer for a minimum of 6 months, and charged you an extortionate amount to do so.

She said that a friend at her church recommended Original volunteers to her, she discovered that we offered a wide range of projects at a very good price, and spent 3 weeks in Mombasa, Kenya as a result of this.

Subsequently Cassandra described her time there as ‘great’ and ‘fantastic’, and has recommended us to other people as well.

Cassandra said that she had been to Africa before, but that she had seen an item on the news about Mombasa and wanted to help.

While she was a little bit surprised to be teaching classes of children she adapted well, as she had a background in Education. She hopes that she was able to teach them things that will prove to be useful in life, and she left behind lesson plans for future volunteers

She said giving the children care and attention, and playing games with them made them smile. She enjoyed getting involved in all sorts of things from football and playing games, to working with the street kids, and digging potatoes. The key, she felt, was to be ‘flexible’.

She said that she felt very welcomed by the children, teachers, and the cook at the volunteer house where she stayed who gave her a great big hug when she returned at the end of each day.

She felt that her time in Mombasa gave her an insight into life in Kenya, and was amazed at how happy people who have so little can be. She felt that it put life in the U.K into perspective, and that the experience has taught her a lot about fending for herself.

We wish Cassandra well for the rest of her degree, and are very happy that we were able to help her to volunteer abroad for a short period of time, and at an affordable price.

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