“Myself and my volunteering partner, Charlotte, painted two different rooms in the orphanage. We painted and decorated the white classroom we taught in with the English alphabet so it was more interactive for the children and a more positive room to learn English in. We also decorated the playroom, with different weather conditions and the English words underneath and a huge globe and with the children’s handprints around it. It’s nice to think that we’ve left a physical mark and legacy at the project.
“A big part of the community was the staff and we left with very strong relationships to particular nannies. That community means that I have a second family now. I hold extremely strong emotional connections to everyone there, with everything I managed to achieve and help the children achieve, it blurred the definition of ‘home’ to me. I thought at the end of the eight months that I’d be coming home; but that place became my home too.”