Author: Simone, volunteer from Switzerland

Seeing young people so eager to learn reminds you of how needed it is and reassures you that volunteering your time to teach does make a real difference.

As soon as I started on the Education, Community Engagement and Cultural Exchange volunteer program in Moshi I knew that I would love this place!

The people, the staff, the community in the surrounding areas, and the landscape created the perfect setting and environment for my first trip to Africa.

For my month in Moshi I was able to experience different projects, which was a great introduction to the country and the work African Impact is doing in East Africa. All the projects started with African Impact and are still growing, like The Girl Impact projects such as Wauki Men’s Group and Maasai Mama’s Women’s Group.

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The Wauki Men’s Group and Maasai Mama’s Group host cultural exchange workshops where we got to learn about their culture while making jewelry, mats, and sandals.

My favourite projects were NAFGEM and the nursery.

At NAFGEM (Network Against Female Genital Mutilation) we educated Maasai girls that were running away from female genital mutilation in their home village. They are all such strong women and have a wide-open heart for everything and everyone.

The children at the nursery school were a bit younger, but that means even more energy and power in a classroom! I have never seen such a loud, and at the same time, eager to learn classroom at once.

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But all of these boys and girls from NAFGEM and the nursery had one thing in common: they are all so willing to learn – and this really makes everything so special! Seeing young people so eager to learn reminds you of how needed it is and reassures you that volunteering your time to teach does make a real difference.

All the other projects, such as the community English classes, the school for the deaf, and the Wazee old folks were all great and amazing too in their own unique ways.

If you are thinking about volunteering with African Impact in Moshi: just do it! I will never regret this month and really hope that I can return back soon and see how the projects have changed and developed. Knowing I had a small part to play in their success is something I will cherish forever.

Asante Sana African Impact!

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