Renfrewshire Council

Malawi - Margaret's story

Senior day service officer, Margaret Brennan learned more about herself and gained a new outlook on life during her trip to Malawi in 2015

Margaret Brennan in Malawi
Margaret with local volunteers
"I already had some insight into how difficult life could be for many children in Africa as I have previously done charity work at an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. So, I was excited about taking part in Classrooms for Malawi and felt I had a general idea about what to expect. But the trip turned out to be even more rewarding, educational and way more fun than I had imagined.  

"I learned so much when I was there and gained more confidence in myself. Before I went, I never thought I'd be physically capable of so much manual labour as I had no experience in that sort of work. But I really surprised myself. 

"We managed to construct three buildings and help build a local schoolhouse while we were there. It was a great learning curve and now I'm much more confident at home and not scared to try fixing or changing things in the house myself.   

"The experience really changed me as a person and improved my outlook on life. It was lovely to be able to make a difference and it's given me a whole new perspective on what's important.   

"I'd love to go back someday and would absolutely recommend the project to anyone who is looking for a life changing experience." 

If Margaret's story inspired you, why not consider taking part in the 2023 trip? You can find out everything you need to know to get started here.

Published on Wednesday 20 July 2022