Hi guys and girls,
After 3 months counting down waiting for this exciting adventure to begin, It’s only a matter of days until I fly out to Kenya (with the great group of people pictured above) to start my volunteer project with ICS and Balloon ventures. The reality of the situation really hasn’t hit me yet, which is made evident by the fact I’m sat in bed binge watching ‘The Island With Bear Grylls’ instead of actually packing….
Either way, packed on not, I will be flying out to sunny Africa in a matter of days for a new adventure. Here’s a little bit more about where I’m going and what I’ll be doing for the next 3 months.
The project I’m taking part in is the ICS program run by Balloon Ventures. Balloon work in developing countries to fight poverty through business and enterprise. The aim of the project I’ll be taking part in as a volunteer will be to help local entrepreneurs start and run innovative businesses through a training and mentoring programme. I will be part of a team of 10 UK volunteers and we will be partnered up with 10 Kenyan volunteers to work together for the length of the project.
I’ll be staying and working in a small agricultural town named Njoro, situated on the western rim of the Rift Valley. It’s 18 km south-west of Nakuru Town and close to Lake Nakuru National Park. The town is also home to Egerton University. I’m not really sure what to expect upon arrival and am therefore trying not to have any misguided preconceptions. I know it will be hot (about 26-32 degrees) and I know there will be mosquitos. Njoro is actually really close to the equator, meaning it has an equatorial climate, which will be quite exciting to experience apposed to the cold, miserable, rainy winters of the UK.
One of the most exciting and at the same time nerve wracking parts about this project is where I will be staying. I will be living with a host family and sharing a room with a Kenyan volunteer for the 3 months I am In Njoro. I am grateful for the opportunity to get to live with a family and really experience day to day Kenyan culture in a way I would never otherwise be able to. What I am nervous about however is the unknown. The thought of not knowing who I will be sharing with, what the house will be like and exactly what is expected of me is of course a slight worry. Luckily, I only have to wait a little bit longer until I know all of the answers and therefore have no need to freak out. All is good here. Move along.
So that was just a little bit about what I’ll be up to for the next few months. I’ll be posting lots about my exciting African adventure on my blog and Vlog (check out my youtube page here) and look forward to sharing it all with you. Have you ever taken part in ICS or a volunteering program? I’d love to hear what it was like.
Thanks for reading!