KENYA - When the Finnish Voluntary Programme ETVO was searching for a volunteer to the World Scout Bureau - African Regional Office in Nairobi, I saw my chance had come to work and live in Kenya which has been my dream for a long time. Over one year after the application process, I am finally working at ARO in the Development Support Department.
My background is in Scouting, different NGO's, sociology and traveling. My previous work, volunteer and educational experience combined with my interests in environmental issues, human rights, equality and peace makes this internship at ARO very interesting for me. My work tasks include for example assisting in the coordination of the Food for Life – projects. Moving to Kenya and working as a volunteer requires flexibility, saving money and planning the budget. I am very glad I took the chance to experience a new culture and adventure.
I have been a Scout over 15 years participating in many different activities, positions and courses. One of my best Scouting experiences so far has been taking part in the Wood Badge training and finishing my development project successfully. Personally, the most important things for me in Scouting have always been communality and close relationship to the nature. I believe it is essential that Scouting is open for everybody no matter the status in society, religion, sexual orientation etc. Scout movement is a youth movement and I strongly believe in the education and leadership of young people. With the method of learning by doing, young people have space for their individual development and growth. Adults play a big but only supportive and guiding role in Scouting – it is the young people, girls and boys from all over the world, who can change this world to a better place.
– By Susanne Nylund