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What will your day bring?

Hi. I'm Naseem.

I'm 19 and from Newcastle. This year my life was changed forever when I went to live in Loitokitok, Kenya for three months as an ICS volunteer.

Whenever there have been opportunities, I've always been one to go for them. With a year free before uni, I knew that when January came round I didn't just want to talk about making resolutions. I wanted to be doing them.

On my placement we planted almost 900 trees alongside students
© ICS / VSO / Jack Howson
On my placement we planted almost 900 trees alongside students

It's funny. I never thought of Kenya as somewhere I’d want to go but now I just can't wait to return. I was worried about life over there, what things would be like, whether I could eat Halal as a Muslim.

But I was stronger than I thought. I learnt so much, laughed so much and ate so much I put on a stone.

While I was there, I worked on various projects. One involved helping educate students about environmental issues - and working with them to plant 900 trees. In another, we built a park at a childrens' rescue centre so it felt more like home.

Now I'm back in the UK, there's no doubt I'm a different person. I've become so much more organised, which will definitely help me when I start uni this month. I'm a lot more capable of achieving things than I ever was before ICS.

So if you're thinking about applying to volunteer with ICS, my message to you is stop waiting and go for it. What will your day bring?

Naseem

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