Summer


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]