What was the most stand-out moment from your trip?
"I grew up visiting family in the Philippines, so I’d seen poverty before, but I’d never seen anything like what I saw in Tsavo. This is a community that has so little — it’s a place where kids travel to school on foot, covering distances that would take 30 minutes by car. Some of those kids don’t even have proper shoes. And yet, I’ve never seen so many happy people in one place.
"When we visited the local primary school, we gave out some small gifts — pens and balloons — and the kids were so excited that they were lining up to receive them. It showed me how much even the smallest action can mean to people in need, and that in itself was so inspiring."
How do you think our partnership with Global Angels makes Robert Walters different?
"Volunteering with Global Angels is just one of the ways that working at Robert Walters makes you not just a better professional, but a better person. Working in a sales-driven industry like recruitment, I’m proud to work for a company that puts an emphasis on giving back, even going so far as to let people take time out of the business to go volunteer."
"Clients notice that commitment, too. One of my clients, a major sports media company in Asia, had been working with several agencies on a contingency basis, but I was trying to develop a closer relationship with them. Before I flew out to Tsavo, I got in touch to let them know I’d be ‘off the grid’, volunteering in Kenya for ten days. This piqued the interest of their HR Director, and I learned that their CSR activities were very much aligned to the work we do with Global Angels. Then, while I was in Tsavo, I received the exciting news that my client had decided to offer us a retainer for the first time — they knew we could support their business needs, but our partnership with Global Angels was proof that our values were aligned, as well."
If you could sum up your experience in one word, what would it be?
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