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Life in Kakamega – by Jennifer Zhang

Landing in Kenya with my enthusiasm and passion, I have been experiencing all kinds of different things in this unique country for the past month. I got to encounter different people and come across cultural specific moments in central house, schools and downtown, exploring the small county Kakamega as a college student from China. Jackie Chan and Ching Chong Chan Being Chinese in Kenya makes up loads of special moments of the experience. For example, […]


From 13 to 23 in two weeks

My experience with EPAfrica has taken me straight to my role on the 2018 summer team, a volunteer coordinator in Kakamega. Before I arrived three weeks ago, one of the main sentiments that had stuck in my mind from the website was that this, my sixth time in East Africa, was another ‘opportunity for personal development’. I did not, however, anticipate that this development would be so plainly visible in the age estimates I have […]


Our first week at George Khaniri Jepkoyai, Kakamega

by Soham Dalwani and Zahan Bharucha It only truly hits you that you are a Project Worker, when you enter the school compound and are instantly greeted by a wave of ‘how are you’s from over a hundred students at once. For more than half a year we wondered what the experience will be like, where we will be living and how we can help; but all these questions fade away when you see the […]


8 Years On : Fiona Rushbrook re-visits Masosa Secondary School

I was a project worker for EPAfrica in 2010 and spent my 12 weeks working with Masosa Mixed Secondary School. I’ve managed to visit the school a few times since I left, whilst a Summer Project Manager and during my time on the Management Committee. However, it has been almost 4 years since I last visited and so whilst working in the region I took the ‘long way’ from Kampala to Nairobi going via Kisii […]


Project Workers reflect: summer 2017, was it worth it?

Written by Harry Rawcliffe, Richard Ware and Ali Tonks. Project Workers in St John’s, 2017. Being a Project Worker for EPAfrica can seem pretty daunting. Raising over £2,000 (to invest in your school and cover expenses) is no small commitment; spending 10 weeks living and working in East Africa is quite a lot more. It’s safe to say that all of us had doubts and reservations when applying, but now that we’ve completed our projects we […]


Sprinkler Irrigation System at Rwampara Farm Institute

Written by Yamini Cinamon Nair and Alex Raca.  In 2017, Yamini Cinamon Nair, Alex Raca and Alex Vassilev were the first Project Workers to invest in a sprinkler system. Rwampara Farm Institute in Uganda is the first farm institute EPAfrica has ever partnered with. This presented an exciting opportunity to apply the EPAfrica model in a new context and resulted in the innovative project of an industrial sprinkler irrigation system. Unlike most EPAfrica schools, students […]


SHH.. Quiet in the Library!

 By Carly Munnelly and Charlotte Mackey, 2017 Project Workers at Holy Family Marukusi  On our first day at Holy Family Marukusi my project partner and I noticed the school was lacking one very vital element: a library. The existing ‘library’ was in fact a small cramped room containing textbooks piled haphazardly on desks. Attempting to locate the book you were looking for was difficult enough, not to mention the gymnast-style manoeuvres necessary to circumvent mountains of books […]


Road, radio and research: thoughts from Kampala to Iganga

In central Kampala, a huge flyover is under construction. My driver, Sam, promises its completion will ease the congestion, but for today the rush hour traffic is crawling and I’ve got plenty of time to think. It feels like lots is changing here. Passing through immigration in less than thirty minutes felt like lightning pace, with an East African visa as my golden ticket. It’s designed to encourage tourism in the region, lasts three months, […]


A View from the Technical Institute…

Evan Reekie, Hui Min Ang and Donya Mojtahed-Zadeh are at St Benedict’s Technical Institute. They are the second set of project workers to work with the school.    St Benedict’s Technical Institute, a school offering mainly vocational courses, is based in the beautiful rural setting of Kakindo, Sheema district. This institute reflects the future of Ugandan secondary schools as the government are investing in this type of educational institution to equip students with the practical […]


Hillside Vocational Secondary School

As we’ve reached the mid-point of the summer, we have been reflecting on our first half experiences in Hillside Vocation Secondary School, Uganda… Our school project began with a full week working in the Hillside Vocational school all together, after Norbert, the third member of our trio, had arrived. Following a massive, vibrant religious conference on Sunday 9 July, which took place at Kitagata Secondary School in collaboration with several local schools, we already felt […]