Emily’s Swaziland Experience

Emily D.
Volunteer Name:Emily D.
Project Attended:Nutrition Internship
Country Attended:Swaziland
Volunteer Bio:I am from a little town in upstate New Hampshire. I was born and raised here! I am 20 years old. Currently I am a full time student in upstate New York as a nursing major!
Please tell others why you think they should sign up for a program with Kaya Sign up for a program with Kaya if you want to determine your path in life, if you want to feel proud of yourself, if you want to make a difference. Because that is what you will get out of this experience. You will form relationships with the other interns or volunteers that will last a life time, and return home with a burning passion to go back.
What task on your project did you most enjoy? I greatly enjoyed homework club that I got to participate in during my project. It felt like I was directly giving back to the children and it was amazing to see the children flourish in school work throughout the weeks.
Did you feel you made a difference? Yes. Before I left for Swaziland I knew that I wanted to feel accomplished and make a difference in the lives of others. After having completed a few weeks of homework club, starting the tooth brushing program, and just working with the 3-6 year olds in general I feel as if I enriched the lives of all the children I had the honor of working with.
What advice would you give future participants? Try everything. Push yourself out of your comfort zone, because trust me you will be thankful that you did!
What was your most memorable moment? The most memorable moment was when the children who were once timid and shy when we entered the schools who then ran up to us and hugged us all after the first week. It was amazing to see the transformation in the children and how fast we formed relationships.


“My greatest achievement was being able to start my own toothbrushing program in the NCPs I worked in in Swaziland. The children will brush their teeth at LEAST once a day at the schools to aid in combatting cavities and teeth rotting.”