Through the eyes of a volunteer at Amani Children's Home in Tanzania
Meet Pernille, a true enthusiast, who volunteered at Amani Children’s Home in Tanzania for three months during 2017-2018.
Pernille was working at First Hotel Grand in Odense, who supported her desire to travel to Africa and volunteer her heart and hands. During Christmas 2018, she returned to Tanzania to follow up on projects and visit the children, she grew so fond of. As Pernille says: Once you have dedicated your heart and hands to help where help is most needed, the commitment is deeply rooted in your soul.
Read about some of her experience below.
Let me start by introducing myself: Ninaitwa Pernille na ninafanya kazi Amani Children`s Home. Oh, I`m sorry, is your Swahili not up to date?
Well, hakuna matata, neither was mine just a few months back, when the email that I had been impatiently waiting for suddenly appeared in my inbox: “Congratulations, you have been accepted as a volunteer at Amani Children`s Home!”
Usually, I work at First Hotel Grand Odense in Denmark as the booking assistant. I have been a donor to Amani for ages through my salary, and my small office back home is covered in drawings of giraffes and chameleons in front of Mount Kilimanjaro. I`m not sure when these drawings began whispering to me, but something inside me slowly grew to the extent that I felt compelled to contribute with more than my monthly monetary donation: Maybe I could help even better with my personal and professional skills, down there where it all happens?