By Federico Cornetto and Neo Bye
A man spent six months in Africa after losing his job during the COVID19 pandemic, and said it was the ‘best thing’ he ever did.
Recruitment consultant Jesse Clarke, 26, from London, UK, decided to pursue his childhood dream of visiting Africa after being made redundant during the pandemic in 2020.
Jesse spent six months, from August 2020 to February 2021, in Chitedze, a town in Malawi, where he bonded with the local people and got involved in a number of different activities.
Jesse documented his stay in Malawi in a short video, which went viral online with millions of views.
Jesse said: “My experience was just incredible, the best thing I’ve ever done in my life.
“Life is so different out there, for me it’s real life, so fewer rules and restrictions, the nature, the beautiful trees, the clean air.
“I did many things, including coaching a football team and getting involved in the fight against child marriage.
“I have since provided one of my players with the opportunity to turn professional, he is a very poor village boy who was living in poverty with no electricity, and I sent him down to Blantyre City FC where he is now a full-time player.
“I learned to appreciate the things in life that we take for granted, like electricity and clean water, I learned so much about their culture, and about witchcraft which is big out there.
“I learned how to play football on awful surfaces, and that I don’t actually like sun so much, it’s too hot!”