Fraserburgh teenager Craig Noble (18), returned to Mombasa on July 30 for his third trip as a volunteer teacher.
Speaking to the Herald at the end of his first week via email, Craig said: “My first week back in Mombasa and Precious Vision Care Centre has been fantastic!
“On arrival in Mombasa I was greeted once-more with the intense heat and scorching sunshine, which I have only now started to re-adjust to.
“After all the formalities when I arrived I got straight over to the school, via motorbike through the slums and was greeted by Madam Jane (the head teacher) with a massive hug.
“She then took me over to my class, standard 3, who had no idea I was returning. The children’s faces of surprise and excitement gave me the best feeling ever, so I spent the rest of the day just chilling with them in my class and having fun.
“This week and the next three weeks are school holidays in Kenya, the children do not greet these holidays the same way as we would at home, and there is no excitement at the thought of time away from school.
“Few of them have actual holidays to look forward to; instead their holidays are probably spent working, no matter the age.
“However, most of the children actually come to school, probably not so much for the education but more so because they’ll get food in their stomachs and won’t be forced to work.
“During this time we operate a holiday programme which is basically, a shorter school day filled with fun and games (with a slight educational slant to it).
“We also take the children on trips and days out to places like Haller Park, which is like a safari park/zoo. These trips always go down well with the kids.
“In addition to an amazing first week back at school, I can say I now have experience of being the best man at an African wedding, (one of the volunteers I met on my last trip was marrying a local woman), which was amazing from start to finish.
“Everyone arrived at this small tin shack church in the middle of the slums on the back of motorbikes decorated with ribbons, people were cheering and shouting “wedding, wedding, wedding,’ over and over again.
“The service itself was extremely long, but filled with song and dance so it was still really enjoyable.
“However, as I was wearing a kilt my time was spent mostly explaining to locals that it was in fact a kilt and not a checked skirt!”