personal development


Kakamega Period Party – by Jamie Southall

The context On the 14th of August, Kakamega Central House saw its first ever Period Party. I had been researching cheaper and more sustainable alternatives to the poorly supplied sanitary pad system our school uses, and became interested in menstrual cups as a possible solution. After making some enquiries, I found that many  companies could potentially supply a large number for free or at a discounted rate.   After myself and other Project Workers presented […]


Organisation is Key – by Eddy Sidebotham

In my day-to-day life, I would say that I am fairly organised and tidy (my family might disagree with the latter point, given the chaotic state of my bedroom at times…). It has only been through my work as a Project Worker in St Mary’s Mukhuma Secondary School, however, that I have realised the true value of tidiness and organisation. Upon our arrival at school, it quickly became clear that St Mary’s faced great challenges […]


Thinkpiece: Is it truly the ‘Death of the Boy Child’ ? – By Zahan Bharucha

Preconceptions, Misconceptions and Reconceptions Prior to arriving in Kenya my understanding of gender within Kenyan society was simplistic to say the least; having viewed Kenya as a country still under development, I presumed that gender parity would be a distant reality and that women in the country would face an uphill battle in achieving gender equality. This impression was only compounded by some of the advice I came across before travelling, advising girls to cover […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Experiencing the Kakamega culture and Second Week Meeting

Here is PW Rosie Bishop’s take on the past weekend!   On Friday night all the PWs travelled back to the central house in Kakamega for our second week meeting. The evening provided a great opportunity to catch up and relax together (along with our house puppy) before we started training early on Saturday morning- much to everyone’s delight.   We started our first session with an exercise in which we all drew our schools and annotated […]


Project Workers settle into their schools in Mbarara

After a busy training week in Mbarara (read what our Project Workers thought here and here), last weekend the PWs were finally ready to spread their wings and fly the nest. They’ve now spent a full week living and working in their schools, and for me and my fellow coordinator Anna, the week was spent visiting them in their schools to see how they’re settling in. St Benedict’s Technical Institute – Amanda, Corina and Mikolaj Isingiro Secondary School – […]


First impressions of Mbarara by Project Worker Amanda

On Monday, the 27th of June, eleven project workers first set foot on Ugandan soil at Entebbe International Airport, eager to charge off to their schools, plan brilliant projects and make a difference. But they were not quite ready…first, they would have to go through training week. Dramatic introductions aside, it was an extremely exhausting flight and the first day was spent mostly on a long bus ride from Entebbe to Mbarara, the cycle of dozing […]