Looking for a way to make a difference? Twice a year, eight members of staff from the Robert Walters Group are given the opportunity to support international charity Global Angels’ work in Tsavo, a remote area of Kenya in East Africa. From building a new classroom to setting up new projects and businesses, volunteers are given the chance to get stuck in with the local community to help them build a sustainable future.
Hear from Richard Pate, an onsite recruiter for our recruitment process outsourcing business, Resource Solutions, about what it’s really like to help one of the world’s poorest communities.
Why did you volunteer to take part in the Global Angels Volunteer Programme?
“It was such a unique opportunity that I felt I had to put myself forward. You see and hear a lot about life in Africa in the news and in TV documentaries, but I was really keen to experience the continent for myself rather than through a media lens. I didn’t think I’d actually be picked to volunteer, so it felt amazing when I heard that I’d be joining the volunteer group in April this year.
What were some of the challenges you faced in Tsavo?
One of our projects was to help the community move two huge water tanks into a new position. While it was a challenge to carry out heavy manual labour for the first time in 30-degree heat, the limited budget and resources of the community made the task doubly difficult.
Nonetheless, it was a really enjoyable experience and I was inspired by how positive the local people were and how they were able to make what little resources they had stretch to achieve their aim. Everyone I met was incredibly warm and welcoming and really wanted to share what they were doing and how it was going to make an impact on the wider community.
Working with Jackson, the community’s head builder and youth support worker, was a real highlight for me as he was so open and willing to explain how things work. I really loved being able to get my hands dirty and learn about things I’d never normally think about such as how to lay the foundations of a building.