I have travelled with Camps before when I was a student at school at the age of 16. I had the amazing chance of going to Kenya and making a difference to the communities I stayed with. Ever since then I have loved the idea of sustainable and ethical travel.
Since 2016 I have worked for this amazing company, from school to independent travel, I can’t get enough. This year in November, I was able to do a life time trip to Ecuador to see the amazing work we do there. I have never been so inspired since Kenya, seeing the range between young children and elders of the community and how we can help them made me come home with such an appreciation for what I do. Whilst in Ecuador, camp Dom Biki, I met a lady called Catolina. She is a mother of many children who have now grown up, had their own families and moved on. For Catolina to have a shower, drink clean water or cook, she now has to walk miles by herself carrying a bucket.
During my time in Ecuador, I had the absolute pleasure and joy of building Catolina her very own water buck, shower and clothes wash area. After we finished her handmade stone cobbled path to her new facilities, I spoke with Catolina myself. I asked how what we do makes a difference, her only response was to cry. Her children worried so deeply about her that they didn’t know what to do to help. They never imagined a group like Camps and our amazing students would ever come in and help care for their mum. Throughout the whole talk, between English, Spanish and Kichwa, people where smiling, laughing and crying, this is my interpretation of Camps International. A worldwide group of people who strive to make a difference and share our successes, growth, education, medication, environmental knowledge and much more.
Without our fantastic volunteers, we would not be able to do this. I can’t wait for my next trip…. who else is excited?