I decided to volunteer in Kenya because I had planned a trip to West Africa this January and I wanted to see first-hand how the Kenyan people live, what Kenyan culture and tradition feels like and which attitude towards life exists, rather than being told by guide books or tour operators.
I had never been before to Africa. Having done a lot of research in the Internet, I had finally found KVCDP, which sounded promising.
Instead of going through a lot of forms and questionnaires, which European-based organisation like to demand from you, I was chatting via email with the project’s coordinator right away, who answered patiently all my questions.
Once all formalities were settled, I was sitting on a plane to Nairobi. I felt excited and having arrived at Jomo Kenyatta Airport, one of the staff of the organisation picked me up as agreed upon.
After a short, but informative meeting with the project’s coordinator in Nairobi, I was on my way to Wagusu. There, I met Wilfred, the day care center manager, who welcomed me warmly and I realised right away I had made the right choice.
Thanks to KVCDP, I learned more about Kenya in the next two weeks than I could have hoped for.
Spending two weeks in Wagusu, I was touched many times. I think the authenticity made this experience unique and special. The journey was very authentic. Travelling by bus and then by boda boda was very particular.
The accommodation was genuine. Set above Lake Victoria with an amazing view, the facilities were very basic, but it gave me a feeling of how people live there.
Also the first day in the center was very touching. We were welcomed by the women's group in a very traditional way, including speeches, dances and food.
Most of all, the children were special. Spending every day with them gave me the opportunity to see how little is necessary to enjoy life.
They, but also every one else in the community made me rethink my life and life in general. Which things have value, which have not. What is important, what is not. How much do I need to be happy. My answer today is, I don't need much.
So, it was the people in Wagusu that have made my experience very special.