Volunteering: Your Stories

Kirsty MacPherson, Lebanon:
"This summer I spent six weeks in Lebanon, at the Dar El Awlad home for boys in Beirut. I helped to run some summer activities for the 23 boys aged 5-12 who live there. I worked with teams (from America, Lebanon and the UK) who came at different times to lead the summer programme. This included games, crafts, bible teaching, school work, and trips out. My favourite memory is of taking the boys to the beach and watching them all enjoy a huge ice-cream! They were very sweet and welcoming, and really enjoyed having adult attention. It was such a pleasure to get to know the boys and staff at Dar El Awlad and to spend time with them."

Kirstie Wright, Zambia:
"My time in Zambia was split between Mongu and Lusaka. In Mongu I organised morning arts and craft activities and then played games with the children. I spent most days at Lilato 1 and 5 with the younger children, and one day with the older boys and girls. I really enjoyed doing art... with the younger children as they were so excited! I loved playing with the children and seeing how happy they are. In Lusaka I spent my mornings at either Chikondi 2 with the very young children, Chikondi 1 with slightly older children, or the Misisi Care Centre (see the picture!). Each day I would run an art and craft activity or a photography workshop and would play outside with the children. I very much enjoyed the time I spent with the children, and the photography projects were good as the children liked using a camera and seeing photos of themselves!"

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