We have had the great pleasure of hosting some wonderful Girlguides this summer. They have been super enthusiastic and helpful getting stuck in with anything we could throw at them. They are a huge complement to Girlguiding UK and here is a little bit about their trip in their own words...
Going to Malawi is an experience that we will never forget. With warnings of scorpions, ‘flat’ spiders and monkeys as our welcome, we knew that we will be having the time of our lives albeit being on alert for said creatures. With the first week having the same daily schedule with Chichewa lessons first in the morning to help us communicate with the locals which by day 2, turned into phrases to help us keep the children’s attention with sit down, be quiet and make a circle the most used. Then working with a school for the rest of the morning doing our activities and games with the children, as well as helping to serve pala. This is where being a member of Girlguiding is really beneficial as we worked with endless determination the night before with preparation and during the day to ensure that the children had fun with our long list of songs and games to play. After school we had lunch and then prepared for an afternoon project which was either building a changu changu moto, repairing a borehole, visiting Tilitonse Community Centre or the My Girl Project all of which allowed us to see how locals live and how we were making a difference to their lives. The trip was filled with so many activities such that we could never get bored and although we would have loved to continue volunteering at the schools for longer, seeing different parts of Malawi was great as who else could say that they slept on a Safari, had a whole Island to themselves for 2 nights and that they knew that different types of tea came from the same plant? With happiness we say, the Malawian Girlguiding Trip is an adventure we are proud of and will always remember.
Tiwonana Malawi we’ll visit you soon again,