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Ania Siuta

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Ania's trip to Kenya

Ania volunteered on our teaching programme in Kenya. She is a gifted and incisive pedagogue and her students were lucky to have her. She has continued to help Agape with teaching projects since returning to the UK.

In August 2012 I went to Kenya to do a volunteering teaching project. I spent an amazing 5 weeks in a local town called Kamangu, which is 40 minutes away from the capital city of Nairobi. I have never been to an African country before and I did not know what kind of experience I should look forward to while staying in Kenya. Luckily everything went much above my expectations. I am a kind of a globetrotter and have already taken part in similar projects but I have never met such warm-hearted and friendly people elsewhere in the world. I totally exposed myself to Kenyan lifestyle and adjusted as much as I could to the every day routines, habits and social norms. Living and sharing life with a family was a fantastic opportunity to get to know the real African daily life.

I have never met such warm-hearted and friendly people

The teaching experience was one of a kind. Kenyan schools lack equipment and basic teaching resources. However, that did not seem to be an obstacle to lively and adorable students. The most surprising to me was their attitude to learning and teachers. The respect and gratitude was equal to the amount of effort they put into every lesson they learnt. All of them were extremely energetic and attentive little learners. I am glad I could be a part of their educational adventure. Their passion and enthusiasm for gaining knowledge seems to be a driving force and hope in their lives. Seeing their smiley and happy faces was the greatest reward to me. I would not hesitate to go back to Kenya again. The beauty of the people overlaps with the magnificence of the country. Safari, hikes, trips, new friends ….all these things made it a worthwhile and unforgettable experience.

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