Sarah Enright suas Volunteer, chikuni 2017

The Team

This summer I had the utmost pleasure of spending six weeks with my Team Chikuni gals. Anna-Mae Scott, Bláithín Ní Loinsigh, Chloe Cocoman, Laura Spain, Kate Doyle, Jennifer Gilligan, and Niamh Molloy. Little did I know I'd be stuck with these strangers for life!
We were split among three schools in the Southern Province of Zambia; Hakalinda, Chipembele and Namakube. Initially, we were taken aback by the children's level of English. But the language barrier became less of an issue as time went on, and of course we still fell in love with the children instantly.
One of the schools in particular - Namakube was very under resourced. When we arrived, the children sat on stones every day and there was no plaster on the walls.
The two Suas volunteers placed in this school helped create the happiest of atmospheres in this small school. We were delighted to see that when it came time to leave Chikuni, there was plaster on the walls and the children had benches to sit on.

Having fun with the locals

Our ride to school each morning

Just some of the beautiful children we had the pleasure of getting to know

I am so grateful for the opportunity Suas provided me with this year. I got to meet amazing children, like this little girl, Fen, who changed my life in ways I didn't know possible. If volunteering abroad has ever been something you've considered, apply today. Because if not you - who? And if not now - when?

Mar a deir an seanfhocal, 'MOL AN ÓIGE AGUS TIOCFAIDH SÍ'

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