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HEATHER SANDILANDS
British

Teach Disadvantaged Children on a voluntary placement in Knysna, South Africa
         

Well my expectations have certainly been exceeded on my stay here!

Firstly, I would like to acknowledge Travellers Worldwide and especially Sharon [Travellers Team] in terms of their excellent planning and organisational skills resulting in me getting the best experience I could have wished for.

The school is fantastic, the children make the best of what is available to them and the teachers are very friendly and have been so appreciative of what I’ve been able to do for them.

Assisting with English has been great... not an easy language to learn for them as their first additional language. Helping coach sport and PE lessons has been fantastic fun and at times been quite challenging since they have only a small concrete area to play on due to temporary losing their sports field to the building of a new high school next door.

Nevertheless, we have played games, had relay races and played rounder’s, tennis, French cricket improvised with tennis balls and mini cricket bats for rounder’s with stumps and paint pots for posts!

Before I arrived I wanted to make a donation for something worthwhile and in great need-whatever this might have been. As a result I have made a donation to the school for a selection of PE equipment including tennis rackets, tennis balls, mini cricket balls, discus etc.

One of the highlights for me was the schools athletics day at Hornlee with some great photos to boot. I have bought them a new notice board which is now displaying many photos of a memorable day for them.

My lasting memories will be the girls padded up playing cricket and the boys’ whole heartedly enjoying their native singing and dancing routines- something you would never see at home!

I am very sad to be leaving the school very soon and particularly sad that I will never know how the children will fair and where their lives will take them... all really good I hope!

Thank you Sharon [Travellers Team] once again, you have been a real gem and given me so much extra knowledge with respect to their lives in the township, Knysna, the area and South Africa all which has enriched my stay so much more. I will miss you and you’re always welcome in Bristol anytime.

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