This weeks meet the team, is our lovely Carla! Carla has worked with YTA for many years, as an outreach coordinator travelling with our volunteers out to Kenya. Her enthusiasm and passion to be able to make a difference in Kenya is second to none, and we love having her on our team!
1. Why do you like working with YTA?
I love that this is about the long term …a sustainable project investing in education so that the children are equipped to help break the cycle of poverty. Each year when I return to Nakuru I see very significant changes in the buildings, the quality of education, that the children have been fed each day, that they are growing happily and healthily and have clear ambitions. YTA has a clear set of priorities which is supporting the two schools to become the best they can be. YTA also listen to the volunteers and are supportive of “bolt on projects” such as building up the scout group at Melon Mission, and the Medicine fund which is helping address the minor illnesses before they escalate and have the potential to become more serious.
I am especially proud that as a family we are involved with YTA – my daughter came on the first visit with me and since then has led her own trips as well as co-leading with myself, and now my husband is also involved and has been out twice (with a well-stocked tool box!).
1. What’s the best thing about working with YTA?
YTA develops peoples love of travel along with their social conscience – visiting a community and bringing positives into it.
Some people who would love to volunteer abroad may not be brave enough to do this alone, going as a group and preparing before a trip gives people confidence so that when they arrive they feel prepared and ready…and the children and schools benefit hugely from this (as well as the volunteer).
1. What do you like to do when you aren’t working, or volunteering with YTA?
I have been a cub leader for 21 years and run a pack locally. I love reading and travelling…so if I’m not on a trip I am usually reading and researching a new county and planning a visit!
Oh…and fundraising! Going into schools and scouting organisations and talking about Silverbells and Melon Mission, collecting shoes, clothes and planning events with these groups.
1. What’s your favourite quote
In a world where you can be anything…be kind (Joseph Maley Foundation)