My first experience in Nairobi, Kenya was life-changing. Deciding to travel alone (unaffiliated with a church or organization) to volunteer in an orphanage in a small village was the best decision I have ever made, and will never forget my first time in the Motherland. At the time, it was the biggest adventure of my life. This experience touched my heart.
To take some time for personal reflection, I decided to travel to India for a two week silent mediation retreat in the Himalayan mountains. For the first time, I was truly happy and at peace from the inside out. Being silent wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, and I gained so much from the experience. This experience healed my soul.
I had such a wonderful time in Kenya the first time, I knew I wanted to return. Many of the children I met always said that people visit once, but very few come back. I wanted to make sure I came back. I brought them photos from my first trip, and many had never been given their own baby photos. It was wonderful seeing how much they have grown, and the progress of the orphanage in education, and amenities.