It all starts with saying goodbye, packing and getting on a plane for an experience of a lifetime. Nairobi, Kenya had always been a place I call home and going to another country alone and being on a plane all by myself was very scary for me. Egypt, to be specific Suez, would be home for the six weeks of my exchange programme. I was always afraid to come out of my comfort zone but hey, they is always a first time for everything, right? Insane is probably the best word to describe the magical experience I had. I met the craziest people you could imagine. The memories I made, trust me, will be engraved in my heart for eternity.
Egypt! I know the first thought that comes to your mind is the pyramids and the sphinx but there is much more than what meets the eye. Every place I had visited was colourful and vibrant, teeming with life. My experience was on a whole new level from one city to another and the people I got to experience were the best. The exchange program has made me see things differently and be open minded.
This exchange programme changed two aspects of my being:
1. Long-lasting Friendships
From the first person I met when I landed at the airport, to the locals, the AIESECers in Suez and not to forget my flatmates the bond I had with them will forever be cherished. I am less shy and I can now approach a person freely which is a great impact since I can communicate easily helping me in my career and my day to day life.
Travelling to somewhere where the culture is totally different has helped me appreciate the little things in life. I have been able to widen my perspective and know myself better and how to handle myself in a different environment. I much more confident and independent than when I left Kenya.
Exchange programme is the best experience anyone can get. A new culture, new language and not to forget the chance to interract with locals.
This is my story, go on exchange,tell your story.