At some point in life, most of us have an experience, read a book or see a movie that makes us want to travel the world to help others who need it. But while most of us, unfortunately for those in need, only think about it, the story about Simone Kjær is completely different.
In the last year of primary school Simone Kjær made a project about poor kids living on the streets, but when the assignment was finished, her thoughts couldn't let go. She was thinking about the kids who don't grow up in safe country like Denmark, but instead have to live on the streets. Some year’s after she finished school Simone Kjær was still thinking about those kids, and her desire to help had only grown bigger.
- As long as you have the energy, in my opinion you are bound to help where you can. I began to do some research on how you get to work as a volunteer, and i found out that it is quite expensive, she says.
But not even the financial struggles made her give up.
- Unless you are very lucky to get a scholarship, no one will help you with the economy, therefore I started my own saving. When you study like I did, it take some time to gather the money, but when you have a clear vision on why you do it, and the goal is in front for you, it's easier, she says.
Simone Kjær saved enough money so she could travel. Today she has been away to work as a volunteer tree times. First in South Africa and then two times in Tanzania, and even though it's a pity to return to Denmark with no money she never regreted that she left.
- I learned so much about my self; I have gotten a lot of new friends, learned a lot about the African culture, and about human beings. You see the world in a different perspective when you are in Tanzania. In a short moment I forgot about al the bad things going on in the world. In Tanzania it was all about your own survival and that was very liberating and revitalizing, she says and continues:
- The only bad thing is to return to home with an empty bank account, but what does that mean when your heart is felt with amazing memories, which will stay with you for your entire life.