It’s really important to us that each volunteer placement is a good match between what the project needs and what the volunteer brings … that’s the starting point for people to gain mutual rewards from their time together.
Volunteers Eileen and Larry made their first volunteer trip to A.V.Bukani School in 2008 … and have just returned from their FIFTH volunteer trip in this rural South African school.
Eileen and Larry’s original placements focussed on improving literacy for learners through skills-share with local educators … bit by bit and little by little, things have developed … music, a school and community library, parent-teacher meetings, home-support for learners …
The following two quotes give you an idea the mutual rewards involved:
“I am the product of what you have brought here since 2008 … you taught me the strategies I needed so I could learn.” a Grade 7 student to volunteers Eileen & Larry
“This … opened our eyes to the impact our work has had. And inspired us to continue. Yes, there are still challenges and we need to take the long view. But we can revel in a celebration of what these students have gained in confidence, knowledge, and skills. We could not be prouder of them.” volunteers Eileen & Larry as their 5th placements ended
“Ubuntu – I am what I am because of who we all are”