Ellina’s happiness comes from within

Ellina grew up in the South of the United Kingdom and came to Kenya to volunteer in   education.  She has been volunteering at the Hope Missionary School for almost three months and over those three months, she has been quite busy! She spends most of her time planning lessons for her students and even schedules…

Mendi gains a new perspective

Almendra, also known as Mendi, came to Kenya from Punta Arenas, Chile last month to volunteer in education. Mendi recently finished her high school education in the Deutsche Schule Punta Arenas German School and next year, she looks forward to attending the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. Before joining the college community, she wanted to…

Tamim’s passion for sustainable change

Tamim Barnawi joined us in Kenya from Saudi Arabia in December 2016 where he volunteered at the Shade Center and School. Tamim worked alongside of the teachers in the classroom assisting with various subjects and activities. One of the challenges of the local education system is teacher to student ratio. Sometimes, the ratio is manageable…

Sailing around the world led Lim to Kenya

Lim (pronounced “Leem”)  is from Malaysia and has been working in the Maritime Industry since 2001 when he joined as an Engine Cadet. Today, he serves as Chief Engineer of Foreign Vessels (wow!). His responsibilities include the operation, maintenance, and safety of the ship, as well as assessing risks around the clock while on board….

A sense of perspective with Nicole

Nicole Cvetnic has always wanted to visit Africa since she was a little girl. Her specific interest in Kenya began when she started fostering an elephant at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi. “I knew I wanted to meet him, but I didn’t want to travel to Kenya without finding a way to give…

Kylee builds a library

“Education is the most powerful weapon in the world that you can use to change the world”- Nelson Mandela Kylee Henneman believes the same and recently showed 492 kids in Kenya how important education really is. Kylee has always had a passion for teaching on an international level and came to Kenya over the summer…

Meeting Mamma Regina

By Jennifer Wiley Several years ago (2014), I received a box in the mail from someone in Washington D.C with a request to take it a lady named Mamma Regina in Kibera on my upcoming trip to Kenya. At the time I did not know Mamma Regina, but another volunteer did and wanted to send…

Melanie shares time and love around the world

Melanie Dampier came to Kenya from North Bay, Ontario, Canada and volunteered in teaching and caring for students. “Teacher Melanie” (as the kids called her) loved their time with her, especially learning French since French is Melanie’s primary language. The children in Kenya speak their mother tongue (family tribal language), Swahili (the official language of…

Surviving the challenge!

Marcus is no stranger to our communities in Kenya and we miss him quite a bit! Marcus shares his story, but first, you might want to grab some popcorn and a soda. It is that kind of story! “When I was in my late twenties, I travelled to East Africa to volunteer in Kenya to…

Sustainable impact leads to New Beginnings

Depending upon who you ask, the definition of sustainable impact may differ. Some view it from a standpoint of economic impact, some see it as development and others like to define it from a social health standpoint. No matter the angle, you might find that the work or project being engaged crosses more than one…