During 2010, 1,500 young adults from all around the world gathered on Rowallan Camp in Kenya for the 13th World Scout Moot.
I traveled to Kenya with 32 other Rover Scouts from Australia, (a Rover Scout is aged 18-26), where we camped for a little over a week, participating in world leadership programs, cultural exchanges and one hell of an international party.
Though a large part of the moot (camp) was dedicated to volunteer efforts within the local community. The group I was associated with during this camp was assigned to volunteer in local primary schools, which was a life changing experience for all involved.
By our western standards, these kids were living in poverty. Yet they were genuinely happy. They had clothes on their back, they were receiving an education, and they were genuinely excited to spend time with us. It really put our first world problems into perspective.
They were so fascinated with us, I’m quite certain were the first westerners they had ever experienced. We were genuinely celebrities, which was a surreal experience!
Upon saying goodbye, never before in my life have I been mobbed by so many who genuinely didn’t want me to leave. And the paparazzi was out in full force. The experience may have changed my life more than it did theirs. Read more about why travel makes me thankful.
For those looking for a safe way to break into International Volunteering, consider joining the World Scouting Movement. The opportunities are truly endless.