In a country where physical education was removed from the school curriculum for many years and still nowadays only forms a very low part of the syllabus, we attempt to provide physical education lessons to disadvantaged children.
Volunteer Scott, has recently left our project where he worked unstoppable for 10 weeks, he now shares with us his amazing story and what it meant to him!
It is not really easy writing about my personal experience and what these past 10 weeks working alongside World Volunteering meant to me. I’m still unable to properly put it into words and I don’t know I will ever be able to really sum up and explain how this volunteering project impacted my life for good but I’ll try and do my best.
I dove into this experience without really knowing what awaited ahead but really eager to learn, help and go out of my comfort zone. Travelling from the US to Africa was already an experience for me and working in communities such as Khayelithsa and Langa even more. I expected to help some kids, train them, share my knowledge and give something back to this world that has been so kind to me. But I never expected to gain so much in return. I know it’s quite commonly heard that when you volunteer you usually receive more than you give. I always thought about this as a ‘cheesy marketing line’ but after experiencing this firsthand, I couldn’t agree more. Volunteering changes you. I managed to achieve all that I was looking for but I also accomplished and experienced so much!
During this amazing project that World Volunteering set up in different and diverse communities in Cape Town I had the joy of working daily with incredibly professional, humble and well trained coaches. They happily train, educate, support, listen and share their love with the kids as much as they need it. Just looking at the kids faces when playing with us was worth my trip. It is incredibly hard to describe the feeling but when you see how much you can do and the impact you can make in someone else’s life just by being there, smiling, teaching or learning, it puts everything into perspective. It’s a completely eye-opening experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I am a huge sports fan and having been able to share this passion with people from another end of the world who enthusiastically listened to my thoughts and ideas, was quite unique for me.
When I think about why this project changed my life, I guess it’s mainly because of its people. The most amazing people I’ve ever met! Besides working with the kids, I had the chance of working with and mostly learning from the women at GAPA (Grandmothers against Poverty and Aids). These women are the strongest, happiest and most caring and loving people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. They welcomed me with open arms and shared their stories and struggles with me.
I came to Africa expecting to expand my knowledge on sports and help some kids, but besides doing that I experienced an inner growth and sense of accomplishment I could have never foreseen. I just want to thank all of the World Volunteering team, the other volunteers and every kid, family, grandmother or person I met along the way because they have made my journey perfect beyond any possible expectation.
I guess I could keep writing for hours about my experience, everyone I met or even the amazing destination that deserves a different paragraph by itself, but what I can tell you is to just take that leap of faith! Go for your own personal life changing experience and you won’t regret it. I can promise you that! World Volunteering specialists can definitely help you find the project that suits you best and will be with you every step of the way.
If you want to find out more about our Cape Town Sports Coaching and Development Volunteer Project and other available projects check out these links:
- Sports Coaching and Development, Cape Town
- Sports and Coaching Volunteer
- South Africa Volunteer Projects