I am so glad I volunteered with The Nakuru Kenya Family Project. It was exactly the kind of volunteering project I was looking for.
I had previously been to Nakuru with another well known Volunteering organisation. I had given over a small fortune to that organisation and very few of these funds were given to the orphanage/home stay were I worked/stayed.
So I had heard about a fabulous woman, Susan Saleeba, who had given all her time and energy into setting up a volunteering programme that didn’t rip off volunteers and made a massive difference to the lives within the local community. And it certainly was everything I expected and more!
Being involved with The Gabriel Learning Centre was the most rewarding experience of my life! I met the most amazing people during my time in Nakuru. It was like a home away from home. The children, the people, the other volunteers and the experiences I will never forget.
If you are considering volunteering in Kenya, all I will say is just do it. An amazing country and amazing people. Often things you see on the internet can be intimidating: I wondered if what I was walking into would really reach my expectations, and it certainly did.
The program is well run and the coordinators (aside from being amazing, inspiring and passionate individuals) know exactly what they are doing and tackle problems head-on. Overall, this is a great project and I highly recommend it.