Ian: Our evenings were filled with tears and laughter (and Gin). I can’t remember ever being part of a team that gelled so quickly and got on so well. The trip was an emotional roller coaster, but at the same time what a laugh we had, what an incredible shared experience we had, and what friends (for life) we became. The incredible thing was we were all from totally different backgrounds (and maybe that in large part was why we got on so well).
The abiding impression I take back from Rwanda is how their society is being formed and re-formed, by fostering true community spirit (something we appear to have largely lost in the UK?), and how, as people, they obviously genuinely thrive at a personal level in such an environment. Yes, for sure they have surely huge social and financial challenges and hardships to cope with, and I know it’s a cliché, but as a people they seem genuinely happy and on the community spirit front (and a lot of other fronts as well) there is a lot we can learn from them!