Volunteers’ Stories: Tara

Tara’s Story

“The website tugged at my heartstrings, and I knew this was what I wanted to do – it has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!”

Time has flown by so quickly; I am so sad to be leaving RIPPLE after three months but know that I will never forget my time here. I am a secondary school teacher back home in England and, after a mini quarter-life ‘crisis’, decided to hand in my notice and take a year out to travel the world. I knew that I wanted to include some teaching within that year, and Malawi appealed greatly as my parents had lived in Blantyre back in the 1980s – they have always spoken so fondly of it, and I’ve grown up in a house filled with wooden carvings and masks from the warm heart of Africa. So when they told me about some friends of theirs whose son had come out with his school to RIPPLE, I was immediately interested. The website tugged at my heartstrings, and I knew this was what I wanted to do – it has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!

  • Tara at Mwaya Pre-schoolTara at Mwaya Pre-school
  • Tara with the Standard 8 class at Mwaya Primary SchoolTara with the Standard 8 class at Mwaya Primary School
  • Learners at the Mazembe Adult Literacy classLearners at the Mazembe Adult Literacy class

I could rabbit on for pages and pages about my experiences here (which have been incredible) but instead I will just choose some of the highlights:

  • Fellow volunteers Linda and Caitlin at NyikaFellow volunteers Linda and Caitlin at Nyika
  • Linda, Caitlin, and Tara at Vwaza MarshLinda, Caitlin, and Tara at Vwaza Marsh
  • Tara with Geddess and Fabiana, two of the Mwaya cooksTara with Geddess and Fabiana, two of the Mwaya cooks
  • Dinner at Barton's houseDinner at Barton’s house
  • Dinner with Alamson's familyDinner with Alamson’s family

Thank you to everyone I’ve met for making this such a wonderful experience – I will miss you all! Tawonga ukongwa and taluta!

Tara (September 2014 – November 2014)

Top

Receive the latest news from RIPPLE Africa direct to your email address

Become part of the RIPPLE Africa community

Receive newsletters by email

We never send spam and we never share your information with anyone else.

Sign Up Now to Receive RIPPLE Africa's Newsletter