My time volunteering
The project I was working on was called Enhancing Employability through Vocational Training. Our team was responsible for planning and holding sessions in English and Life Skills at secondary schools, teachers colleges and in youth groups.
The impact of my placement
The purpose of the EEVT project was to increase youth employability through vocational training. As 18-25 year old ICS volunteers who had just finished secondary school, graduated university or working prior to the placement, we were able to share our life experiences as young adults with students who were thinking about their next steps. I think cross-cultural interaction gives the opportunity to see things from another perspective which is an important step in world peace and good international relations.
My unforgettable moments
At my host home, we had a huge grey cockerel named "Kuku Jambazi". He was given to us to look after by one of Mama Zamda's friend. One day, I was washing my clothes in the back yard and in the corner of my eye I see something moving. I turn to look and Kuku Jambazi is running at full speed towards me. I will never forget how entertained my family was watching me run away from a chicken.
During my stay he little boy in my host family, Nadal, learnt to walk. I will always remember watching the delight on his mother's face as he took his first steps.
Not only did I attend sessions at the school I was placed at, I also went to other schools to help with their sessions. As I was visiting another school I met a student in form five, Grace, who wasn't confident in her learning ability. We had a discussion about what she wanted to do in life and how she would get there. She felt more reassured. As I was about to leave, Grace handed me a note. In it wrote "have a good day, you are so sweet". It really did make my day and reminded me to be more appreciative of the little things with good intentions.
The impact my placement has had on me
I went into this placement thinking that I'd be making a difference in other people's lives not knowing that a difference would be made in mine too. It impacted me a lot more than I thought it would have. I have formed strong relationships with people that I wouldn’t have normally been able to within this amount of time. Facilitating sessions has increased my self-confidence and self-assurance. Spending time with the students has shown me that little things matter. After the placement, I've come out with good friends, a new set of chicken fighting skills and most importantly, a new perspective on what it means to live a fulfilling life. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to work so closely with different people from different backgrounds at such a young age and will miss spending time with everyone. ICS is the reason I will be looking at career paths in international development.