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Meet VWA Volunteer: Katy Berry
Meet VWA Volunteer: Katy Berry
Meet VWA Volunteer: Katy Berry
Meet VWA Volunteer: Katy Berry
Meet VWA Volunteer: Katy Berry

Meet VWA Volunteer: Katy Berry

Date Posted: 23/05/2015
Learn a little about VWA volunteer; Katy, the work she is doing for us, and the broad range of skills and experience which make our volunteers so valuable to the West African communities and people we support.
Hey there VWA friends! Meet Katy Berry. Katy arrived as a volunteer here in Ghana this week. She's an enthusiastic, multi-talented (photographer, chef, professional horse trainer?) young lady from Somerset, UK and we're very happy to have her join our team. We know she will produce brilliant work during her time with us as she has already started! 

Katy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Gloucester and usually spends her free time indulging in all things creative, including photography, music, drawing and photo editing. She is well travelled due to her work.

Katy will be photographing for VWA to help tell the stories of the children and families we support here in West Africa as well as help highlight the issues and challenges we face as an NGO.

Q&A with Katy:

VWA: Why do you love taking photos?

Katy: I've always had an interest in art and being creative has always come naturally to me. I loved telling stories through photographs and capturing moments. I also like the challenge of creating stills and visuals that fit together to tell a story or communicate an idea. I also appreciate that taking pictures is usually a collaborative medium. Whether it's an expression on a face or an empty landscape, you're most likely working with a team of people to take photos and that is just a fun thing to do!

VWA: What?s the most important thing you've learnt from taking photos around the world?

Katy: I get to meet people and communities all over the world and since I get to stay in the country for sometime, I get to know their stories and passions too. Mostly I've learnt that it's not too hard to make friends. I also learnt to appreciate different cultures and try to portray them compassionately through photography.

VWA: What are your favourite social medias and why?

Katy: Facebook keeps me most connected to people from the various parts of my life and its especially useful for staying in touch with the people I meet on my travels. For me Facebook is the social media site that probably provides the most benefit in my life.

VWA: What do you most look forward to learning from your time here at VWA?

Katy: I look forward to working with the team at VWA and challenging myself within a new environment, outside my comfort zone. VWA thinks big and focuses on building great community initiatives as well as enriching the lives of very deserving children. I'm thrilled to be part of something that I can benefit from and also engage with people face to face with a ton of authenticity and enthusiasm. Also, I look forward to gaining a new perspective and being aware of the daily struggles faced by people less privileged than myself. Helping them in my own little way, whatever that is, is just the best.

If you would like to learn more about how your skills and experience could help us support children and families in West Africa, then drop the team an email at info@volunteerwestafrica.org
Author: Volunteer West Africa

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