We LOVE our volunteers and they always bring so much ‘added value’ to the strict learning-by-rote curriculum, which exists, due to the limited resources at the school. Volunteers come in with lesson plans and craft ideas, addding joy and laughter to the children’s daily lives.
Lara who was with us for 4 weeks in January and February also worked with our tailors and helped enormously with the cut of patterns giving welcome advice on improving shape and fit. She’s thinking of a career in design and fashion.
Our volunteers have also recently partnered with KWEST (Kenya Watamu Educational School Trust). They help Connie and her team take free books into other schools, to encourage and assist children with their literacy, reading and language skills. It also gives them exposure to other educational environments and shows how well looked after the children are, at Bluebells School. (See various photos below).
Without fail, lunches are always a big treat for the volunteers at the school and as one said ‘Mwana gives us the best food in Watamu.’ Phoebe, another recent volunteer came back and sent me photos of her cooking mandazis back in the UK – as taught by Mwana!
There is plenty of variety on offer when volunteering, from buying curriculum books (kindly donated by St Ronan's School Kent - again pictured), to choosing new chairs, school visits and sorting out stock. As one of our volunteers said, “I can’t stop thinking about my time spent there – it was all incredible and I am already planning when I can go back to help some more!”
Do get in touch if you think volunteering might be for you?