Jane Edington review 21 Aug 2006
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
It is too early to say whether this holiday was life changing but for me, it was a homecoming as I used to live in Kenya and felt a mixture of feelings - sad at the corruption that exists in daily life at police checks, etc. but most of all humbled at the generosity, dignity and hospitality that I found in and from the locals around the project where I worked. These are people who have very little materially and work very hard to make ends meet and yet there is a joy and a friendliness that it is hard to find in my home environment in London.
So... for now I would rate it as an excellent holiday which is of the kind I will be taking from now on in other parts of the world hopefully and who knows how it might change my life - it has certainly raised my awareness of how life is for people in other parts of the world.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
The tips I would give other travellers is to take clothes to work in (depending on the project of course) and to find out what the project might need which is difficult to get - I would have liked to have gone armed with some simple (in my terms) supplies.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?
I hope that my presence benefited the local people, not so much in terms of my labour, but in terms of relationship where it was evident from my experience that there can be a meeting of minds and hearts between people from different cultures etc.
4. Any other comments?
I would recommend a holiday like this for anyone who wants to experience a little more of what life is like in a country, which is difficult from a purely hotel/tourist perspective. I learned that I can make bricks, whittle trees and generally adapt to what is available to make the most of things. I will be in touch again when booking my next holiday!
Thanks for putting me in touch with this company - one worry for me was that I would be a lot older than the other volunteers - this was the case but I met some wonderful enthusiastic young people and age didn't seem to matter.