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How do you know when you are making a real difference? Recent AV Celia shares her thoughts on gap year volunteerism.
“The children try their hardest to learn your name and will not let go of your hand; it genuinely feels like this tiny child has been your sibling all this time and is learning just from following your actions. I just don’t want any of them to let me go.”
One of the school buildings at Kasokwe Primary School, Uganda was in an extremely poor state of repair.
“I never took a gap year in the traditional sense of a year out. Instead each summer since my A-levels and through university I have gone away on a project.”
The Ugandans you meet will change you. They will show you love and wisdom. The things you discover about yourself in Uganda will stay with you forever.
A snapshot of the AV volunteer experience in Africa. Make an impact, travel, explore, make friends, gain skills – everyone has their own story. What will yours be?
“It was a wonderful experience, and made us even more sure that we would like to pursue further opportunities like this in helping our students.”
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Most of all I feel my confidence, teamwork, leadership and decision making skills were greatly improved from the project I completed with AV in Uganda.
Overall my three months in India were unforgettable, just so different and better than what I expected.
Two mile walk to school surrounded by the children from the school curious as ‘to who we were and where we came from’ and two miles of incredible mountain views that we never tired of.
From our introductory moments until our final farewells a day in Nepal never ceased to amaze or touch me.
We know that you yearn to travel, as do all of our volunteers. These are a few of the adventures recommended by those who’ve been in your shoes before.
The construction of a permanent new school building for the children at Hill Queen School, in the village of Ringtang near Kalimpong was a hugely rewarding achievement for the AV Foundation.
Joanne Dwyer is a British writer who first fell in love with Africa as an AV volunteer teacher in Kenya. Joanne is the founding director of an educational charity working with schools in Kenya.
“One month ago I had the most incredible experience…
Launch of educational charity by AV’s Indian manager.
We’d spent our three months teaching English to various classes now and actually we’d only just got back from three weeks backpacking around the country.
It was with a swirling mixture of excitement and sadness that we boarded the Kenya Airways flight back to Heathrow but we all concluded that the slog of work had been totally worth it. We had made life long friends, seen so much and not wasted a minute of those 5 months.