Our Nyumbani programs in Kenya welcome and depend on the wide-ranging expertise and willing enthusiasm of a hardy corps of volunteers from around the world. Read about one of our current Nyumbani Village volunteers, Celia Preciado, and her work in the Village.
Name: Celia Preciado
Hometown: Madrid, Spain
Date of arrival in Nyumbani Village: October 23, 2016
How long are you staying in the Village: Until January 19th, 89 days in total
Favorite hobbies/interests: I have a lot of hobbies. I like to meet with my friends, go to the mountains…But I think a perfect evening for me is spending time playing the guitar or the ukulele because I enjoy music a lot.
How did you hear of Nyumbani? When I was finishing my degree in Nursing, I thought that it was the best moment to make my dreams of going abroad to volunteer into reality. For this reason, I contacted my university, Comillas, and one of my professors told me about Nyumbani.
Is this your first time to Kenya and/or an African country? Yes
Why did you want to volunteer in Nyumbani Village? When I started my degree I wanted to go to other countries to help people and learn about other cultures. Nyumbani gives me this opportunity because I could live with them in the Village and experience a different culture 24 hours a day.
What were your first impressions when you arrived? The first days it was a huge change because although I had a mental image of how it would be, it was so different. The Spanish culture and my life in Spain is so different and I thoug
ht that to feel comfortable here would be very difficult. But the people here are so kind and eventually it was easier than I thought.
What projects have you been working on in the Village? The Village offers many opportunities in which you can assist. For this reason, I tried to see all of the departments with the purpose to find one where I felt the most comfortable. I was working in the offices, I arranged the donations container, and helped with the food distribution. But I think that because of my studies of nursing, the clinic is the most interesting place for me. My project in the clinic is to evaluate the children’s vision to identify children who might need glasses.
What is your favorite experience so far? It is difficult to choose one but I think one of the best moments was when I spent time with the children in the clusters dancing and singing. There have also been very nice moments spent with the other volunteers and playing music with the children.
What lessons will you bring home with you? I haven’t finished my volunteering yet, and I already have a lot of lessons to bring with me. I am sure that I will learn even more become I go back. One of the first lessons that I learned is that you don’t need a lot of things to be happy. It is enough just to have the wish of happiness. Another lesson that I could mention which is somewhat related to the last one is that you have to work for your dreams. You have to be strong and deal with adversities because if you want to do something, you have the opportunity to try and achieve it.
Anything else you would like to share? I don’t want to finish these questions without saying that I arrived here only one month ago and Nyumbani Village never stops surprising me. I am so excited for the experiences that I am going to have during the rest of my trip. I came here to give the Village my best, but to my surprise the fact is that the Village gives me more than I can ever give. I fully encourage others to live this experience!
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