I'm still learning, even after three visits to Nakuru, Kenya.

Impact: 10
Support: 10
Fun: 9
Value: 8
Safety: 9

This is my third visit with African Adventures & Derby County Community Trust. I have been every year for the last three years. I am married and have three children and these trips are up there as the greatest experiences of my life.

Instead of a review, which I have previously done, I will write about the progress of Nakuru, the children and me as a person.

On my return to Nakuru, I can see the improvement that the city has done, with newly built buildings and pathways. People are looking to do something to make work for themselves. To make a better life for them. It's a great thing to see first-hand.

My day-to-day working life at home is sitting at desk from 8.30-5, I'm not a builder, a labourer or enjoy D.I.Y. Over the last three visits, I have loved building the classrooms. I have done since my first visit in 2014. I love mixing cement, carrying large boulders, building walls, everything! But I know that I couldn't do it for a living, so why do I enjoy it Nakuru? I suppose I know it's for something important, a purpose! Something for children and future generations. We are changing lives doing what we are doing.

One thing that I have learnt from my past three visits to Kenya, is how great it is working with the Kenyan builders. Although most cannot speak English and I cannot speak Swahili, we communicate using signals and actions. It shows that you don't always need words to get a message across.

On this visit (2016), one afternoon, I decided to visit a classroom and noticed that no teacher was present, so I took it upon myself to take the class! Something that I have never done before. I didn't like the idea of children sitting there at a school not learning. I was unprepared and nervous. After teaching multiplication and English, I found myself really enjoying it and more importantly so did the children. Something that I did again a couple of days later.

I fully support and admire African Adventures on what they have achieved and what they will continue to achieve in the years ahead. I will always communicate their message and recommend them to anyone.

As mentioned previously, Nakuru is now like my second home and I can't wait to return and continue the work in May 2017 and this time with my eldest son.

Would you recommend this program?
Yes, I would
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