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Ben at the 2012 Youth Day Event

6 1/2 month over now? Unbelievable!

So many new experiences, friends and a larger horizon for sure. But still it feels like a couple of weeks, which is a good sign I guess and shows how much I enjoyed my stay at WhizzKids United.

Being the only volunteer along with Lorendra for a month after Flo and Johanna left, 6(!) new ones (Alex, Jonny, Ben, Alice, Markus and Julia) arrived in October and filled the volunteer house as well as the office. That meant a lot more possibilities for WKU to realize projects and ideas and a lot more action in the volunteer house and the office. The atmosphere amongst the team was just great and made work so easy and enjoyable.

We had many fun and laughs together, which I consider as very important since we are dealing with a serious issue like HIV and AIDS, which can affect you quite strongly when you are in touch with it so close.

Focusing on the positive things, I can say that we already helped a large number of Kids having a better life, and the number is constantly growing. I'm proud that I could contribute something to this fact!

Regarding living in Durban, I enjoyed this city to the fullest! It offers so much and once you adapt to the Durban lifestyle,
life becomes much more easy and relaxed. If it were legendary nights in Amsterdam (our favorite bar), lazy beach days, weekly football games or just hanging out on the couch the whole day watching TV and wondering about Tabasco's (the house cat) strange body postures, it was such a memorable time!

All together, I am so happy that I joined WKU, which turned out to be a once in a lifetime experience! A lot of great memories and a lot of things I will miss...

To read about my impression of our Health Academy, check my separate Health Academy blog.

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