That Was the Essence of Marafiki Africa

As we arrived to our camp in Kenya, a group of us volunteers decided we wanted to go exploring to find some monkeys at a nearby dried up ravine. We didn’t make it far out of the campsite before we heard this thundering noise behind us. We turned around to see 15 grinning kids stampeding towards us at full speed carrying a soccer ball. One of the little girls begged for me to hold her, and as I did she just buried her face in my neck and would not let me go – playing soccer with a little Kenyan girl attached to your body is not easy!

That was the essence of Marafiki Africa – Interacting directly with the locals who wanted to give us as much as we were trying to give them. They made sure we saw elephants or that we were properly dressed for a warrior’s wedding. They made the experience so unique for us without even realizing that is what they were doing.

—Tawni Waldram, 2016 Volunteer