farewell to volunteer Robin

farewell to volunteer Robin

Sometimes life throws a real curve ball at us.

No rhyme or reason – and certainly no fairness.

We have recently heard of the sudden death ( due to a lightening strike) of Robin Meakingsrobin


A few years ago we met Robin and Jane- his partner – they had recently met and were planning an adventure together. Both had taken sabbaticals from their work Robin as a teacher,Jane a businesswoman- they were going on a grand trip – but wanted to give something back as they travelled – thats how we met them.

Robin and Jane volunteered with us at AV Bukani school in South Africa

here are a couple of links to  video interviews that Robin and Jane did for us

Robin and Jane talk about search for good volunteer organisations 

Volunteering meant we werent ordinary tourists

Thankyou Robin ( and Jane ) for your work

“We worked mainly in the computer suite at the school, with the aim of helping the teachers, and therefore the learners too, get more out of the educational software (CAMI). This involved training sessions with the teachers (a model lesson using the software, and a session on obtain reports on learners’ progress). We also corrected the learner database to allow each teacher to get accurate reports about the progress of the learners in their class. In addition three database administrators were given training on how to administer the database, to keep it correct and up to date. We also gave training sessions, both formal and informal, covering Microsoft Word, for example creating classroom resources, and Excel, for example creating marking sheets to calculate percentage scores and grade for each student.

Robin also helped the grade 4 Technology teacher create a scheme of work for the Systems and Control module, and delivered some of the lessons with her. (This involved creating and racing cardboard buggies, a practical activity which the children much enjoyed.)

this is a quote that Jane read at Robin’s recent funeral

“As long as we can love each other, and remember the feeling of love we had, we can die without ever really going away. All the love you created is still there. All the memories are still there. You live on – in the memories of everyone you have touched and nurtured while you were here… Death ends a life, not a relationship.”

farewell and travel well Robin – all of us at people and places calabash and AV Bukani say  – thankyou

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