It was with trepidation that I embarked on my Balloon Kenya journey but the six weeks in Nakuru were nothing short of phenomenal. It is probably one of the most complete, wide-ranging experiential programme one could go for.
At the core of its programme, I worked closely with local Kenyans to equip them with business and financial knowledge and help them grow their business. Prior to the trip, I wondered if I had the necessary skills; but my doubts were quickly dismissed after receiving entrepreneurship training by Balloon staff early in the programme to strengthen my knowledge and develop my local expertise. It was such a joy working with the fun and passionate Kenyan businessmen, and it was extremely satisfying to see their businesses grow.
Beyond the core work, we had some time to travel around and trust me, Kenya has incredible sights everyone should visit in person. Getting close to the wildest of the wildlife at Maasai Mara safari park was both surreal and unforgettable; visiting local villages and experiencing local life was also eye-opening.
All in all, I highly recommend this programme as it allowed me to develop my professional skills and at the same time have loads of fun. Not to mention, the friendships I made are still what I cherish most today. Occasionally getting updates from the Kenyans that I worked with, to see the success of their businesses since the programme, always bring incredible satisfaction. Of course, you can't expect it to be a totally smooth-sailing programme as you are expected to be challenged and grow through the experience. But with the supportive Balloon staff with you throughout the trip, rest assured you are in good hands.