During the holidays a group of students visited South Africa. They joined an organisation called Global Vision International (GVI) and did the Volunteer and Adventure experience in South Africa for two weeks.
On Monday, we started with our voluntary work in a school called ‘A.C.J Phakade Primary’, in the community of Nomzamo, where GVI already had some volunteers and a base. We started working on our sports teaching and constructions projects; this included hosting physical educational classes, after-school workshops, and building sporting equipment to be used by the school for their classes and sport teams. The sports lesson has been great fun and the volunteering group enjoyed it as much as the children. Having children coming up to you and saying that their grateful for our appearance and enthusiasm affected the group’s motivation a lot.
In the afternoons, while some part of the group did construction work, others took a break and played with the children. All of a sudden, a massive group of kids stands in front of you and wants to play, so we always came up with some fun activities. The atmosphere in the afternoon was precious for us, as the girls would teach us new Afrikaans songs and the guys would chase some volunteer with a ball in his hand. We also developed a game where we would pick up the rubbish with the children, as this is a big issue in Cape Town. At the end of a successful and fun day in the sun, we would head back to our accommodation and make sure to give all the kids a high-five before we left. Our last day in South Africa was one of the most astonishing things we’ve ever seen, we went from Cape Town to Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope. First, we stopped at Hout Bay to take a boat trip to Duiker Island to see Cape Fur seals and enjoy the spectacular view. Then we went to Chapman’s Peak Drive, where towering cliffs drop into the ocean on one of the world’s most scenic drives. When we arrived at Cape Point, we experienced wild oceans crash into the tip of Africa at its most south- westerly point on this dramatic peninsula. It is situated in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, where wildlife roams among Cape’s unique fynbos landscape. During our drive back to Cape Town, we passed Simon’s Town and other small places where villages were full of history and character and picturesque seaside. We’ve been at the most south-westerly point on earth which meant for us to take our journey back to Switzerland.