I had always wanted to go on a charitable holiday and had spent most of my 3 years at uni regretting never having the chance to go on a 'gap yah'. So when the prospect of this trip to Kenya came by, I couldn't resist going. Luckily I had a host of generous family and friends who made it possible.
After nearly a year of fundraising and planning, its funny to think of how quickly my time in Kenya flew past. I spent most of the two weeks volunteering with KOP, the Kenyan Orphan Project, an organisation that supports orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya.
Looking over Lake Nakuru
Playing with some of the children at the feeding centre
Although this experience was for only a short period of time, it was definitely a trip to remember. It opened my eyes to the extent of poverty experienced in the world. One thing that was great to see was that even in the face of such adversity, the people I met out there were still smiling.
On the days when I wasn't painting a house or playing with kids for hours in 35 degree heat, I got some time to chill out and get to know some amazing people from the all over the UK who were also involved with this charity.
Standard flamingo pose on the banks of Lake Nakuru (a flamingo haven)
back breaking work in thirty-something degree heat!
Apologies for the simplicity in my outfits but at the end of the day, it was not that type of holiday.
Here are a few pictures from my trip - all taken with my brand new canon DSLR!!!
I initially narrowed the 900+ photos to 80 amazing images but unfortunately not all of the could make it on here.
Some pictures from the projects:
Bubbles at the feeding centre
Teaching some of the street boys at HOVIC
You can't go to Kenya without going on safari:
Beautiful views and inspiring landscapes:
Sunset over Lake Victoria
Kitmikayi Rock Formation
Kenya, like most other African countries, was brimming with so much culture:
At the market
Whilst I was out there, most of what I wore consisted of shorts and a tank top. Not very interesting...But on two occasions I did were clothes that I would normally choose to wear:
Cheeky visit to the equator and the only university on the equator.
Top/Primark; Shorts/Vintage CK; Bag/Vintage
At the final KOP party hosted by the street boys at HOVIC.
Dress/George at ASDA; Sandals/Market in Ghana
It was the perfect two weeks!
Ps: apologies for the picture heavy post. I hope your bandwidth survives.