Massive congratulations to Australian volunteer Jess, an inspired and fulfilled 21 year old from Sunnycliffs, North West Victoria, who has recently returned from spending 6 weeks as a volunteer with children in Africa at the Kenya Teaching and Community Project, in Limuru. She then continued her overland safari adventure on the 36 day African Encounter, travelling through Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. She has been deservedly awarded the Amanzi Travel Volunteer of the Month for March 2012, for being serious about making a difference.
“Volunteering with children in Africa, some of which diagnosed with aids or orphaned, was the most rewarding, life changing thing I have ever done.
Seeing the children’s faces light up when I brought in a picture story book was so moving, I don’t think they had had a book read to them before, which was heartbreaking to think.
Seeing their pure happiness in the small things in life, like a new soccer ball, a new pencil or a piece of fresh bread was made me appreciate my own life so much more and realise all that I take for granted.
When faced with a difficulty in my life now, I look to the big picture and shake myself out of it when I realise how pathetic and trivial it may be after spending time with children who may very well not live until their 21st birthday.
I think everyone should volunteer at sometime in their life, preferably when they are young, to see how lucky we really are and how easy it is to put a smile on someone else’s face.
I learnt that the more we get, the more we want and the less happy we are. These children taught me to be happy with life itself, not with how much cash I have in the bank.
My 5 week overland tour was absolutely amazing I loved every second of it. The food was delicious and our guides and driver were lovely. The truck and tents were fine, and that’s all part of the experience!
Overall, I loved the experience and would go back to see the children in a heart beat. I found it so rewarding and put my life in perspective.”
It certainly sounds like Jess had an amazing experience, which effected her and the children in Kenya, in so many ways! If you love the idea of a life-changing experience like Jess, and want to volunteer with children in Africa or go on an amazing overland safari adventure – what is stopping you?
Amanzi Travel would love to give you that little nudge to make you serious about making a difference!