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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

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« I had not appreciated that so few people come out in the East Asian countries that my telling them was something extraordinary. This was also the most interesting aspect of the workcamp in terms of trying to expand the awareness of other ways of living, and there was never any hostility or problems because of it. »

David H. from Surrey

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