My camp leader/ job shadower experience

As part of the Grassroots change -project, KVT Finland took part in a camp leader exchange with Zimbabwe. This exchange is part of the project’s work towards improving the quality of volunteer projects through capacity building, mentoring and sharing knowledge. Here are the greetings from Stella, our visiting campleader!

I attended a work camp between 12 august and 22 august, together with 8 volunteers from different countries. I was coordinating the camp with Kikka from KVT, Finland.

Being in such a diverse group gave me a lot of insight into different cultures. The group dynamic was great, it was so easy to get along and share each other’s experiences. 

Our work was mainly at the local water facility, and our duties included clearing  and cutting down trees, repairing and putting in a new fence, chopping up firewood, berry and mushroom picking, to mention just a few. The locals were very welcoming and it was a wonderful gesture having to interact together and getting to know their way of living and the importance of the work we were taking part in. This gave me a  sense of belonging and a feeling that our services were being appreciated. The host of the work camp was an amazing person, salute to you Mattie. He took us everywhere and took us in as family.

 The highlight of the camp for me was the food, experiencing the Finnish sauna, the free time activities,  the long days and the games especially the couch game, courtesy of Luka. I am so glad I got to participate in such a project. My expectations for the camp were getting experience as a leader and getting to know new people, I ended up getting more, new friends, new skills and a more flexible view.