We all have something to learn

There isn’t really a way to compare my job shadowing in Estonia and Kenya. The same project, same aim, yet so different experiences. I can’t even begin to explain how much I learnt during a whole month of job shadowing in Kenya, just like I did in Estonia.

We were job shadowers in an organisation called Resource Hub for Development which partners with NIGEE (Nyanza Initiative for Girls’ Education and Empowerment), where we spent most of our time. NIGEE focuses on helping girls to go back to school and the organisation had many projects going on so we were lucky enough to visit different programmes and places. We also spent a week in Ujima Foundation which does vocational training with an aim to prepare and find a steady job for orphans. Although this was all very interesting and new, there is one experience that stood out the most for me.

It was a workshop me and my fellow job shadower Luís did in Ujima Foundation, which focuses on vocational trainings to integrate orphans into the employment field. The session consisted of two parts. First, we guided them through a CV, explaining what, why and where has to be written. The second part was all about finding their competences. In other words, figuring out what makes them special. We used hobbies as the base of finding their competences. For example, by being a football player, he or she has probably developed coordinational and teamwork skills, is good under pressure and physically active and fit. This helped them realize why it’s important to know their strengths, especially when applying for a job. Furthermore, the workshop also helped me to understand that knowing your strengths may not be a common sense everywhere.

As I said, it’s impossible to compare my two very different experiences. What surprised me the most was how friendly and kind Kenyans are. You’d have to see it to really believe it, because now I can say I could’ve never imagined a nation so welcoming and generous. I’m very grateful to have had a chance to experience a totally different way of life. I believe I have as much to learn from them as they have from me. In conclusion, we all have something to learn from each other.

Kelly, Estonia

Job shadowing in Kenya