Friday, 7 October 2011
In 2009 I spent 3 months at a special needs camp in America and the disabilities of the campers ranged from brain injury to cancer. This experience opened my eyes and made me realise that helping others is what i want to do. After finding out about Global Xchange it gave me fire in my belly and I felt so strongly that it was for me. My mum spent 20 years growing up in Nigeria so i have always had a connection to not only the country but the continent. I feel like a lot of people can be ignorant towards 'Africa' and it is often viewed as one place rather than all the different colorful countries it possesses. I'm on this programme because i really want to make a difference no matter how big or small to peoples lives. I'm not here to change the world, just the bit I'm involved in. I also want my experience of Nigeria to take away any prejudice or ignorance I have about the place. Many people who I have told I'm going to Nigeria have said stuff like, "rather you than me" or "couldn't they of put you somewhere nicer" things like that. To be honest i wouldn't pick anywhere else if i could. I want people to know that 'Africa' is more than a place of poverty, it has culture, atmosphere, rich and poor places just like any place in the world.