Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone in Kenya
Traveling on the Greenheart Travel volunteer program to Kenya was an unbelievable experience, even after having completed similar volunteer trips abroad with Greenheart Travel. I was there for two weeks, and ended up being the only volunteer for my whole trip. At first this fact was slightly off-putting, but I’ve come to learn – through experiences with Greenheart Travel and my personal responses to traveling alone – that the times when I’m furthest out of my comfort zone are the times that I learn and grow the most.
The Kenyan staff members were extremely helpful, and I deeply appreciated that the organization of Jambo Volunteers clearly existed solely for the Maasai community and was intended to be operated by them. The Jambo organization is an extensive network of foreign volunteers and partners as well as the Kenyan men and women that work every day to keep the projects running. Although I had traveled and volunteered abroad before, the work ethic and heart in the Kenyan people, the raw beauty of Maasailand, and the character of the Jambo family never ceased to inspire me.
I spent most of my time working at the Kimuka school, which includes a nursery and pre-unit class. The kids there were friendly, welcoming, and eager to learn. They taught me Swahili words, games, and songs, and I helped them with English words and math problems. I believe we learn the most about a community through its children, and with children also lies the greatest opportunity to create change. The kids at Kimuka helped me forget how far I was from my home and my usual comforts, and were always a pleasure to work with. These are some photos of the project at Kimuka:
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