Written by CorpsAfrica/Kenya Volunteer Ms. Anne Maina
As I reflect on my first month of service, I can’t help but feel grateful for the opportunity to be part of Corps Africa and the chance to make a difference in the lives of the incredible people in the community. The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of emotions, challenges, and eye-opening experiences as I settled into my new community, ready to make a long-lasting impact. From being struck by the beauty of the community from when I first stepped foot here to spending my days getting to know the locals, learning their language, and customs, and understanding their language. Indeed, it has been a humbling experience and I have realized the importance of cultural sensitivity in my role as a volunteer.
While it has only been a month, I’ve already witnessed the positive impact volunteerism can have. The smiles of the community members when they hear about the good model Corps Africa is using to change and impact their lives positively are so satisfying. This whole thing has taught me that being a volunteer is not just about the projects we implement, it’s about building relationships, fostering trust, and working together with the community to bring about sustainable change.
Of course, it hasn’t been all smooth sailing. I’ve faced challenges, from communication barriers to unexpected setbacks in my immersion journey. However, these challenges have only strengthened my resolve. I’m learning and growing every day not just as a Volunteer but as a person.
There is still a long journey ahead, but I am determined to see it through, armed with enthusiasm, passion, and a deep sense of purpose. Stay tuned as I continue to share my experiences and the progress, I make in the coming months this is just the beginning.