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My first workcamp was truly unforgettable. Although I had travelled quite a bit previously, I decided I wanted to experience Africa from less of a ‘tourist’ perspective, so I chose to volunteer in Kenya.

Emukhaya, Kenya
July 2008

My first workcamp was truly unforgettable. Although I had travelled quite a bit previously, I decided I wanted to experience Africa from less of a ‘tourist’ perspective, so I chose to volunteer in Kenya.

I worked with the Emukhaya Youth Group in Emukhaya, Western province; a remote, undeveloped area of the country. The village did not benefit from electricity and had only recently installed a water tank with pipes and 8 taps to serve the local community with fresh drinking water.

Our principal jobs were to continue the water project by reinforcing the water flow, which ran from a natural spring in the hills down to the village, and to make bricks for the construction of a second water tank. The work was physically demanding which was my main reason for choosing this particular project from a host of others.

We worked for 4 hours each day in small groups then spent the afternoons taking part in cultural activities, including: visiting local people; trips to other parts of the province; preparing the evening’s entertainment or simply spending time socialising with the other volunteers who, in all, came from 7 countries. We even had the opportunity to teach some lessons at the local primary school which was an amazing opportunity!

I would recommend participating in a workcamp, especially with VAP, who ensured that I found a project to suit me and provided essential training for me in preparation for my trip. Being part of a workcamp really is a life-changing experience, oh, and it looks great on your CV!

Helen B. from Wigan

member of:
Volunteer Action for Peace, member of the Co-ordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service Volunteer Action for Peace, member of the Volunteer International Network Exchange UK
with the support of:
Volunteer Action for Peace, member of the European «Youth in Action» Programme

Quote of the day

« I can say that the best things about the workcamp and this whole experience were the chance of making a real difference to the lives of very needy children. This is an extremely valuable project where volunteers can have a massive impact. Also the possibility of learning a huge amount about a country so different from our own. I learnt ten times as much by carrying out a workcamp than I would ever do backpacking. »

Dominic K. from Slimbridge

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