Jack Volunteer Abroad in Makuyu, Kenya

My Favorite Memory: Besides getting to play with the children and work alongside the orphanage staff everyday, my favorite memory occurred when I was on a Matatu on the way to Thika with one of the orphanage workers. I was practicing my numbers in Kikuyu, the tribal language, trying to say the cost of the ride. Three older women in the back row were so excited that I was learning their language they started to talk to me. With some help, I was able to speak with them. Before they got off they said that I was their son and invited us to their homes.

The most difficult thing I experienced was…. Finding a way to feel helpful and productive for the first few days.

Jack Volunteer Abroad in Makuyu, Kenya

Tip for future volunteers… (Clothing, travel, personal items, donations, sightseeing etc)
Learn the tribal language: I got a great reception when I tried to greet people in Kikuyu.
Personal Items: Bring a dust mask and work gloves for doing manual labor.
Donations: Bring small gifts for people that you meet. Oftentimes Kenyans will give gifts, although they have very little. It is great to have something to give back. I brought matchbox cars for small children and I also recommend bringing something that represents your home country (like stickers or small flags…etc)
Sightseeing: Masai mara definitely lives up to the hype.

Jack Volunteer Abroad in Makuyu, Kenya

How would you rate your experience working with the ABV staff, both in the USA, and in-country? I started the process very late and without Sarah’s help I would not have been able to volunteer this summer, so I am very grateful. The workers at the orphanage were some of the most amazing people I have ever met in my life.
How would you rate and describe your accommodation ( ie: on-site, shared housing etc) We lived in an on-site dormitory. It was basic, but it worked.

Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers? Definitely. jreplinger[at]gmail.com

Jack Volunteer Abroad in Makuyu, Kenya

Jack Volunteer Abroad in Makuyu, Kenya

Volunteer Name: Jack Replinger
Project Location: Makuyu, Kenya
Program Dates: June 20 – July 12, 2011
Volunteered At: Orphanage/Sport project

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