Hello, my name is Mikkel Lager and I am 21 years old. I was in the student council who decided that Eikeli should begin to raise funds for Sierra Leone and as a result of this I have traveled down with FNSL twice. My first trip was during Easter 2010 in connection with Eikeli, and in 2012 after I graduated from Eikeli, I traveled back for a period of two months with several of those who had traveled during my first trip. This time we traveled to work at the girls' school in Rotifunk, aiming to cooperate with the computer teachers down there. Eikeli and Ullern had collected computers so that we could give basic teaching lessons in that field of education. These two trips are without a doubt one of the best experiences I have had. After the last trip, I began to study computer engineering at HiB.
The reason I chose to travel in 2012 was really quite simple; once you have been there you will always want to go back. You get an extremely good relationship with the guys who are with us all the time, but it is also very rewarding to see that you can actually make a difference. You get a very strong relationship with FNSL, the village Rotifunk and yes indeed, the whole country. My travels to Sierra Leone has given me a very healthy perspective on life and you learn to appreciate how good we actually have it here in Norway. I will always be involved with Sierra Leone. Although I am currently not as involved as I wish I could be, due to my studies and such, I know that later on in my life I will participate and help in any way that I can. Those of us who traveled together in 2012 have long had plans to go down again next year. Another positive thing about being involved in such a project is that it looks very good when looking for work, there is almost nothing better to put on your CV than voluntary aid work. For those who want to apply for schools abroad having this experience can also be a decisive factor that can lead to entry at your desired choice.
I would never replace my experience in Sierra Leone with anything else in life, and FNSL starting their cooperation with Eikeli vgs is one of the best things that could have happened to me. If you're not sure about what you want for the future and you are thinking about taking a year off, I will strongly recommend that you involve Sierra Leone in your life during that period, you will never regret it.