May 2017, Toronto, Canada
Last month I had the most surreal experience volunteering with The Nuru Trust. Finishing school in April, I planned that May 5th I would leave on my own and help in any way I could in Africa. Most organizations I looked into were extremely expensive however, I found The Nuru Trust which is very reasonably priced and you get amazing accommodation and treatment with those dollars. I was very nervous leading up to my departure since this was my first time traveling not only on my own but to Africa. I was going to be very far from home and really had no idea what to expect.
From the second I arrived to the time that I left, Max and Francesca and the entire Nuru Trust staff and family treated me with so much kindness and love. During my experience I chose to teach English at a school in the village. This was such a special and fulfilling experience. The kids are only used to one kind of teaching which doesn’t include much student involvement, movement, or activity. They were so excited every day when they saw me walking in, and I could tell how happy they were to have me. The teachers and head master also were very thankful and appreciative of your help, and it is truly an incredible opportunity. When I was not teaching, I was always up to something different.
For a week of my stay I taught two kids how to use the computer, 18-19 years old and have never used a keyboard. It was amazing how much they learned and accomplished in just one week of learning! I wanted to help wherever I was needed so was always doing different little tasks. I helped out with the fundraising, and marketing with Francesca who is the sweetest most amazing person. Aside from that I went into town and explored a bit, but I personally preferred being in the house just playing and hanging with the kids. I loved being able to plan activities for them and cook for them, was so nice to see such small gestures get kids so excited and happy. I built such a close relationship with all the children, each one is so different and special in their own way. I will never forget all the incredible people I met on this wonderful journey and will forever thank The Nuru Trust for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity.
June 2017, Bologna, Italy
Last June I had the most incredible experience volonteering around Tanzania. I spent one month in this amazing country and luckily, two weeks volunteering with The Nuru Trust.
I always dreamt about helping Africa in any way I could as soon as I would finish my bachelor. So after my graduation I flew to Tanzania!
I found The Nuru Trust thanks to a word of mouth of some friends and I decided to choose them because Francesca only from a call seemed very friendly and open-minded. Another reason was that this Trust is very reasonably priced and you get everything you need with those money.
During my stay Francesca, Max and the entire Nuru Trust family treated me with kidness and warmheartedness. During my experience almost all children were on school holiday so we had a lot of time to spend time together!
Every day I organized something different to do with them in order to don't get them bored. We played a lot of funny games together and we also did planty handcrafts. Meanwhile beacuse I'm studying Food Technology, I taught them about Nutrition and how they could improve their daily food routine. It was incredible how much they learned! I wanted to help wherever I was needed so I was always doing different little tasks. I helped Francesca opening the Instagram page of the Nuru Trust and advising her in various ways. I went also to the city and the market with some girls of the orphanage and it was an extraordinary experience! I got also the opportunity to know some local people that are friends of Francesca and Max and also some friends of the children. I loved being able to cook with them since cooking is one of my greatest passion! We prepared Italian homemade pasta and pizza together! It was so nice to see such small gestures get kids so excited and happy. Even if I had been with them only two weeks, I started to know children and understand that each one is so different and special in their own way. I will never forget all the incredible people I met on this wonderful journey and will forever thank The Nuru Trust for giving me this incredible opportunity!