Yesterday I received a thank you letter from Tena at the Zanzibar community project which made me feel very proud of the work I did as a volunteer there. I first travelled to Africa in early 2012 and fell in love with Africa, and also with the work being carried out by African Impact. Zanzibar was a very appealing destination for me and I’m so glad I chose it for my recent volunteer trip. At age 69, I was the oldest volunteer on project, but this didn’t bother me in the least. I find it inspiring to work alongside young people from different backgrounds and hopefully I have given them something back in my knowledge and life experience. I’ve never been one for the typical retiree activities; volunteering and travel is much more appealing and I usually hang out with people younger than I am! The experiences I collect during my volunteer trips gives me an incredible amount of strength as a person. It also allows me to be a spokesman for a better understanding of different cultures and of the countries I visit. The highlight of my time volunteering in Zanzibar was teaching lessons at Jozani School. I also really enjoyed the community work – digging coral and shoveling rocks on the beach. I thrive on hard work and love that it keeps me in shape! Many people have asked me if I was scared travelling alone, but I felt very confident going to Zanzibar. Before I left Sweden I received a lot of great information, plus my previous volunteering experience helped me prepare. Hopefully, by volunteering, I have been able to make a small contribution to a bigger picutre. I am very happy and proud of what I’ve been able to contribute. I have my health, and as long as I have money I will keep travelling and volunteering. My next trip is planned for winter 2015 – where I will go, I don’t quite know yet! About the Author Britt-Louise Flemming is a 69 year old grandmother from Malmköpingsvägen in Sweden. She volunteered for 4 weeks on our Zanzibar Community Project where our staff have called her “amazing” and “an inspiration”. Britt went far beyond her volunteer duties and in the evenings she taught English to a group of local women, affectionately called ‘the kanga ladies’ for their tailoring skills. She was also up at 6am each morning to join a local women’s exercise class! We could all do with taking a page out of Britt’s book. To read this blog in Swedish please click here.