Caring Sally has eyes opened on volunteering trip to Kenya
Nursery worker Sally Coupe (21) said she now looks at the world in a different light after teaching schoolchildren life skills in the poverty-stricken African country.
Former Shuttleworth College student Sally worked with international development organisation VSO, as part of the UK government funded International Citizen Service programme.
She said: “My trip to Kenya really opened my eyes about how tough life is for some people in the world.
“I was staying with a local family in poverty which allowed me to experience the culture of what is a very different country to ours.
“There was no electricity or running water, and so we had to fetch water in a jerry can every day. I see life differently now, and I would recommend such a trip to anyone.”
Sally, who helped to teach key life-skills to children and tackle the causes of poverty, said she was shocked by the level of corruption in the country, particularly from the police.
She added: “The police were always demanding bribes or payment which shocked me. I also took part in some local eating customs including eating a cockroach and drinking a cow’s blood.
“Ultimately, though, I went with the aim of making a difference to one child, but I think I actually made a difference to a lot more, which makes me very proud.
“I would love to go back in the future.”