Summer


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 […]

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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 […]


Kisii Projects: Ten days in

What a difference ten days makes! This week I visited three of our Kisii Project Pairs, just ten days after waving them off to their schools at the EPAfrica Kisii Head Teachers’ Conference. From their knowledge of their schools and their relationships with teachers and students, I’d have thought they had been there much longer! I started with a matatu ride out to Magena, a bustling market town where I met Sean and Miriam. They […]

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Reflections on my time in Kisii, what I’ve learnt and top tips for future Project Workers

So with week 8 completed and with the prospect of home on the horizon, PW’s across the board have been very busy with wrapping up their projects, completing paperwork and ensuring the memorandum of understanding is signed of with the school. With just one week left before we leave back to the UK, I thought I would write down a few things that I have learnt during my time here. 1. The work we do […]


A Technical School meets EPAfrica

By Corina Hadjicharalambous St Benedict’s Technical Institute, which received its first year of investment in 2016, is only the second technical school that EPAfrica has ever partnered with in Uganda. These operate very differently to secondary schools – instead of teaching History, Science and English, students instead learn a variety of practical skills, ranging from Tailoring to Plumbing, Carpentry and Construction. For EPAfrica, this presents a lot of opportunities, as it allows us to adapt […]

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Teaching and learning, can we influence what happens in the classroom, and should we?

‘Don’t teach, invest.’ – This was one of the slogans I remember when making the decision to apply to EPAfrica (KEP back then). The rationale makes sense: for us teaching is unsustainable and counterproductive. University students from the UK are simply not qualified to teach, especially in an alien education system where there is a surplus of more-able, qualified teachers. However the result of this alternate focus on resource investment  perhaps meant that we are […]


Photo Tour of Kakamega!

EPAfrica Project Workers spend most of the summer living in rural areas where our schools are located. However, Project Managers and Coordinators are based in a town nearby, and Project Workers are free to come back here to buy supplies, rest, and meet up at the central house. Take a look through our photo tour of Kakamega Town, one of these central sites! Kakamega Town Centre Tour Africa, our favourite eating spot! Fantastic meals and delicious […]

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10 things I learned from being Project Manager

I’ve just arrived back in the UK after 6 weeks as Project Manager in Mbarara. I’m very sad to have left Uganda, but now that I’m back home, I’ve had a chance to reflect on some of the things I learned this summer…  1. Our model works As a Project Worker, it’s hard to get a sense of the impact of what you’re doing – you don’t know if your projects will have the intended effect or if they […]


What do we look for in our partner schools?

Whenever we visit a potential partner school, we begin our conversation with the headteacher by explaining what EPAfrica does, how our application process works, and what we look for in a potential partner school. “We are looking for three things,” I always explain. “We are looking for a school where our investments will have impact; a school where our investments will be sustainable; and a school where our Project Workers will have a good experience.”   The […]

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A week at Marongo PAG, Kisii, Kenya

So here we are, having made it to holiday week and a well deserved break after what has been perhaps the busiest and most stressful week for all PW’s across the three sites. We, the dynamic duo of Jordan and Sabina (or for the purpose of this blog, Jorbina) are going to update you on our experiences of our fifth week in Marongo PAG Secondary School, Kisii. With all central pot funding received, week 5 […]