On my last volunteer trip with Venture 2 Impact, I knew I was exactly where I was supposed to be and doing what I was meant to do. The long-lasting friendships I made and the cultural experience I gained was more than I could have hoped for. I grew as a person on that volunteer trip and I know I touched the lives of many people just the way they positively influenced mine. I still have contact with one little boy whom I had a special connection with. We write letters and send photos. He knows that there are people in the world that care about him and that makes a world of difference. Sometimes all people need to know is that somebody cares. This is why I want to go to Rwanda; to let people, who may feel forgotten, know that somebody cares.
In Rwanda we will be working with youth, young mothers and community members in one of the disadvantaged suburbs of Kigali. We will be teaching English, computers, and income generating and budgeting skills to these youth and adults so that they can qualify for better paying jobs. One of the biggest challenges in the community we are working in is child abandonment due to the economic insecurity of their parents – especially among single parents and young mothers, which is why teaching them these skills will be so impactful.
I am looking forward to using my skills and my care for others to make a difference in Rwanda as I did in Ecuador. And I’m looking forward to learning and growing from the experience as well.
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