During summer 2011 I was lucky enough to spend 6 weeks in a little town in Senegal giving IT lessons to all the kids interested.
Even though it was a few years ago, I cherish those memories and think about that experience really often. I was then 25 years old, and volunteering really made me grow.
The volunteering program was organised by SCI, present worldwide. There were 4 of us volunteering in that specific town at the same time, and each of us lived with a different family. Conditions were not the best, no running water or electricity for some, very rudimentary food, etc., but I quickly got used to it and, in the end, had a very hard time leaving.
The experience of living in the most basic conditions still helps me today. Whenever I am tired, or upset I think about that and realize how priviledged I am and how I shouldn’t be complaining about the smallest things.
I met the most wonderful generous people, with whome I am still in touch today. They welcomed me with open arms and made me feel home since minute 1. I feel really lucky to have shared long nights chatting about everything and nothingaround a rice bowl and a petrol lamp. We shared and laughed, sometimes disagreed, but over all, we respected eachoder. I coudn’t have loved it more.
I leave you with some pictures and encourage you all to share life with other cultures. I guarantee you won’t regret it.