Game Changers Internship - Little Ambassadors (Part V)
posted by Bhekhani Hadebe on 31 October 2014

My internship was good for me and I believe that my internship suited me because of what I was there in Little Ambassadors College it similar to what I want to do as my future job because I was working as an assistant Teacher working with Kids the job I did there taught a lot and I improved my skills such as Organizational skills, Leadership skills, Problem solving, Communication skills and facilitation skills.

My job there was to assist the teachers and during the break time I had to facilitate Art and craft or I had to do Sport and fitness sessions or do Ice breakers or play different games like save the world game in Art and craft I remember I facilitated the flag of South Africa giving the explanation of the colours of the flag of south African flag and I had to paint the flag in A3 paper to show them how to paint the flag and I gave them the papers and told them to paint some of the kids did as I told them but other kids were painting with the Yellow paint to the space of black paint or Green paint instead of Red paint but they were enjoying it as well as me. There was a time where I was helping them to do their Shapes book we did the shapes with Eyes, Mouth, Wheels the shapes we did with the kids were Tri angle, Circle, Square, Oval, Rectangle, Diamond and Star I read a story called The tale of Peter Rabbit I did the book with kids called Five little Piggy.

My happy moment

When I was doing Art and craft I enjoyed each and every moment when we were doing the flag, creative Art they were painting crazy things but they enjoyed it and knew how describe it until I understand what they’ve done. I can say that I enjoyed each and every moments I had at the Little Ambassadors College I really liked my internship placement and I wish that I was kept as my job because I like to work with the kids.

Game Changers Internship - Edendale Hospital (Part IV)
posted by Njabulo Madlala on 29 October 2014

My name is Njabulo Madlala I hereby to share my wonderful experience I gain while I was an intern at Edendale Hospital doing an administrative work under recruitment at my first week of September, I than I went to serve all my duties till the end of September under Human Resources Manager’s Office, Managers name NC Mthombeni.

I first want to send my gratitude to WhizzKids management, my facilitators and for giving such a wonderful opportunity to be part of Game Changers, WhizzKids and having Experience working at Edendale Hospital (EDH), I real had good times there and learnt a lot as well, I was less knowledgeable with the organization skills but after the internship at Edendale Hospital I saw the need of being familiar with the skill other than that I had developed in various skills interpersonal skills like communication, listening skills, self motivated and as well as job skills that I have gain at Game Changers. Not to forget my peers whom we had shared interest toward success.

I enjoyed working at the recruitment office in EDH under a good management lead by Miss V Madondo, at my first day I did filing, photocopying, binding, answering phones calls, taking messages and delivering document and going to stores. What I real did enjoyed was to walk around putting vacancies around the EDH, and I also remember as if it was yesterday when I had to phone five people three of them are foreigners one from North Island British based, Zimbabwe and Mexico the other two are South Africans, I was did their employment files that was real awesome even though its was a difficult thing to at my first time in the working environment.

At the Human resources I did more less the same duties as I did at recruitment because there I had to only do Filing, messenger, answering phones, taking messages and typing, working at the Human Resources I felt I was working at the parliament, I was working at the fourth floor where all the hospital management offices are located.

I cannot say I had real terribly times or bad days because most of the time I was alone my boss was always at the meetings so I had to be self proactive and I had to always produce and no one was always after me for my job, so that why I wanted to always on top of my game and enjoy each and every single moment while I was there.

So I was like to work at Edendale Hospital. I thank you.

Game Changers Internship - WhizzKids United (Part III)
posted by Sanelisiwe Mokoena on 27 October 2014

My internship started on the 1st of September 2014 and ended in the 30 of September 2014, I did my internship at WhizzKids United doing a marketing research, I worked with Stefan Kunze who is a country director.

In the beginning of my internship I was given a task to research and develop my understanding of a brand and branding recognition, I also did interviews to increase my knowledge about branding an d I researched about WhizzKids united competitors, I learned more about WhizzKids United branding. Then I was told to research the methods of surveyingbecause my next task was to conduct a survey,- so out of all the methods I chose to do a multiple choice questionnaire, because I saw that it will save time and people would be able to answer it in a short period of time. At first it was a bit hard for me to think of the questions and answers for my questionnaire. And I came up with a plan for my survey on where I will do it, when, how much time I will spend in each place and a budget. I had to do 100 questionnaires per day though most of the time I didn’t rich to that number but I did well because I always did more than 50 each day and some time more than 100.

My first day of surveying was a disaster I was disappointed in all places that I went to first at a CEO’s office they didn’t give me the authority to do my survey inside the hospital instead some woman gave an attitude after waiting for an hour she just asked that “U are still here can’t you see that we are busy” after that I decided to just live. Then I went to the mall I went through the same problem again some woman in the management office told me that my questions are lame she have done a marketing for many years she don’t think it appropriate to do that survey with other NGOs logo’s without letting those NGOs know about that survey they called one of those NGOs because they are working with them and told about this survey. My day was wasted bout it simply because I didn’t make appointments and let them knows before time that I will come.

I learnt my lesson I decided to go back to WKU and call other places that I planned to do my survey in. Then Monday I went to do my survey in schools and it was very hot I sweated till I had salt in my face that is one of the days that I will never forget. Most of my day during my internship was all about disappointments, when I did my survey at the mall it was hard because people gave me attitude they did want to get involved especially women. Any way there was nothing fun about my internship it was all about work, work, and work and in some other days I felt like crying. But all in all I did well because I did 436 questionnaires out of 500, after that I did stressful work conducting a data in Microsoft Excel and creating in Microsoft power point for my presentation but I did my best because I did my presentation but it was funny because I was rushing to finish I was saying everything fast.

Then my last task was to type a report and email it to Stefan and on my last day I did a table of content for my report now you can imagine how long was it lastly I did a cover page and that was the end of it.

Game Changers Internship - Hilton Hotel (Part II)
posted by Snehthemba Madlala on 24 October 2014

It was such a nice journey and a good experience at Hilton Durban and I’ve gained a lot. The moment I got inside the Hilton’s environment, it was like I’m in a paradise. It was such a fortunate for me to see the place I’m going to work in. On that first day, I went to training whereby I got to learn more about the Hilton. I got to know the rules of Hilton. Besides the training, I got to experience the breeze and the food of Hilton which is so amazing. It is such a blessing to see the people you going to work with how welcoming and friendly they are and you get to tell yourself that you will definitely feel like this is your home. The most amazing moment I got in that place was meeting the people whom I know them only on Television and seeing their real characters. The kind if jobs that I learnt was being a waitress and the good thing about it is that you get tips from the guests although most of the guests are little bit stingy but you used to it. The other thing that I learnt was to work on a switchboard which was the best experience in my life.

Game Changers Internship - Edendale Hospital (Part I)
posted by Andile Ngubo on 22 October 2014
Andile and Rusha at the Research Unit of Edendale Hospital
Andile and Rusha at the Research Unit of Edendale Hospital

My name is Andile Ngubo who interned at Research Unit in Edendale hospital and was under the supervisor Rusha Govender, who’s a Research Psychologist at the research unit conducting research on male medical circumcision, and also working with WhizzKids United with stats and along with Phindile who’s a Data Capturer at WhizzKids United.

During my placement here at the Edendale hospital on my first day I started out with my supervisor showing me around the hospital and the different places which she works with, including male medical centre (where circumcision takes place), the doctor in charge of her research (Dr. Wilson) which was cool and how she basically moves the cheques for her study. She showed me how to appropriately conducted myself in an internship yeah that was something else but I believe I understand it better. My basic day to day work included working with the MMC worksheets and uploading them onto a Excel spreadsheet, I had an office and got to use a lap-top which was nice because I had most interns do not get such opportunities but all was appreciated.

Other things which I did were assisting Phindile with the Academy Stats and also helping Prudence and Vuyo at the front desk from time to time but that’s about it, I got to understand more about the academy and the different jobs that are done here. The fun part was that I understood how the stats are compiled and used, mostly because it was a challenge.

Filling up my jam jar!
posted by Amelie Jaquet on 21 October 2014
Amelie with the Siyakhona group
Amelie with the Siyakhona group

I used to say that I have an obsession with those “jam -jar -moments”.

Which basically means that you try to put special, unique moments you’ve had in little jam jars in your head so that you can open them again when you are stuck or having hard/boring/complicated times, to make yourself feel better. It works pretty well.

You can fill whole shelves with these jam jar moments and collect them like stamps.

These moments are where you remember the angle of the light, the temperature, the smell in the air, the people arround you, the sounds you hear, the taste you have in your mouth, the whole athmosphere is perfect.

There are times in life when time seems to fly.

Mostly these times are your very best moments, the type that give you butterflies when you think about them, the ones that changed your life in the best way, the ones that makes you another person, times you’ll never ever forget.

I don’t know why your best times seem to fly faster than those “other” ones, but it’s a simple fact.Since I’ve been with WhizzKids United it has been one massive “jam –jar –moment”.

I just have a couple days left until I fly back home to Germany and I have been here in South Africa, with WKU for the last 6 months this has been most exiting 6 month of my whole life.

I can honestly say that I enjoyed this time more than anything I have done before. I’ve learned not just about the country itself (which was one of my aims) but I also learned much about myself which is priceless.

I don’t know if I’ve changed, and if so in what ways and how much but I guess I will realize that when I am back home. I think in terms of speaking English I have improved, not necesarily in using special vocabulary but by not overthinking and being able to just keep talking. I also noticed that I managed to handle my shyness much better than before and althouh i haven’t gotten rid of it completely, working at WhizzKids United has made me more confident than I used to be.

I guess this is because I got given responsibility. Lots of responsibility. So much that I was really overwhelmed in the beginning but I had no other chance to somehow deal with my fears and that was the best thing that could’ve happened to me.

I ran 3 times a week a Yoga Session and I became the leader of the Siyakhona Project.

And it makes me happy and proud to say that I did all of that on my own.

I planned, I organised, I taught all by myself and that is an awsome feeling.

I loved working with the WKU staff, they’ve been very welcoming, warm hearted and open minded, which made it an even greater experience. All in all I am glad to be part of WhizzKids United, to make something happen, to support a organisation i really believe in.

I would definetely do it again, anytime!

Five weeks with the GameChangers
posted by Friederike Moeller on 5 September 2014
Friederike with the GameChangers
Friederike with the GameChangers

Hello, my name is Friederike. I am a German student and I came to South Africa for an exchange semester to study Humanities at the UKZN in Pietermaritzburg. After I finished my semester I wanted to stay and I wished to experience something else than the campus life.

A friend recommended WhizzKids United to me and so it happened that I stood in front of Stefan introducing myself and asking for the chance to volunteer for a couple of weeks. I got involved with the programme called “Game Changers”. I was helping out with teaching as well as with preparing and evaluating the lessons.

I enjoyed the work a lot because it was fun to think of different exercises to develop skills like presenting, summarising, discussing or mediating. It was an awesome feeling to see how the Game Changers grew during the classes and how they could improve their skills when we repeated the exercises again and again. In the classes I could be very creative to find different ways to support the interaction between the Game Changers but also to support the individuals themselves at the same time. Game Changers is a great project because individual care of the learners is taken. It was always possible to stay flexible in the classroom and to enhance the basic lessons with exercises the learners wished for. I could come up with specific trainings if I saw a need for them when the learners lacked a certain skill in a former exercise.

I learnt a lot myself, too. I have now a deeper understanding of the Edendale community, its needs and the education system here. It was not always easy to explain facts, motivate the class and push the learners to finish the tasks in time. Nevertheless I am very thankful that the Game Changers respected my way of teaching and were patient to understand my accent. I am very proud of their work so far and hope they will all have very good experiences in their internships. I will miss them and the work with them a lot as well as all the great staff members of the Health Academy who welcomed me in this typical African warm-hearted way. I will also miss to watch children having fun on the football pitch after school. But I will keep the positive energy of WhizzKids United and bring it back with me to Germany.

A New Henrike
posted by Henrike Heierberg on 12 August 2014

I can´t remember what it was like to explore the world for the first time when I was a baby, but I guess that I have learnt nearly as much in the past eight months as I did in my first year of life. Working for WhizzKids United has taught me a lot.

Firstly, I got to know myself better. Through interactions with my colleagues I was shown where my strengths and weaknesses are, which means a lot to me as it helped me to make use of my strengths, improve my weaknesses and use them to grow as a person. The Henrike who will go back to her home in Germany in September will be a different one than the one who came to South Africa in December.

Secondly, I could not have chosen a better country than South Africa to volunteer in. The diversity of this country has impressed me. Sure I have found some things difficult: I have often struggled with situations where racial differences were obvious, but still, many times I was also impressed by the society. Having so many groups with such different cultural backgrounds in the same place, working together can be challenging; yet, you guys manage well. I will take this mindset back to Germany and show my friends there how it can work. It is definitely one aspect where I see a need for action in my home country. The German society could learn a lot from South Africans.

Finally I noticed how important it is to me to have a direct impact on the community with my work. Having the chance to support WhizzKids United´s achievements in Edendale makes me grateful. I haven´t got in contact with most of our clients, but the few I got to know are enough. I can see how much they can gain from both our health services and all the other activities which empower the youth. By coming to WhizzKids the adolescents can be helped, have fun and grow.

That´s what I enjoyed most about volunteering for this great organization.

Even though my time in KwaZulu Natal is limited, my biggest wish is to stay involved with WhizzKids and keep supporting my colleagues to give Edendale´s youth a brighter future.

Nontobeko Zuma- Game Changer!
posted by Osaebea Amoako on 21 July 2014
Nontobeko Zuma- GAME CHANGER!
Nontobeko Zuma- GAME CHANGER!

I am Nontobeko Zuma. I am an enthusiastic, fun, approachable and adaptable young woman.

Before I attended Game Changers (A programme for young people between the ages of 18-24 that supports them with skills for the job market), I was a graduate looking for work experience and who lacked the financial resources to further my studies. I heard about Game Changers and applied immediately. During the application process I was called for a two day interview. Day two of the interview process was based on teamwork and creative thinking. Through the interview process and all the challenges, I was fortunate enough to be selected onto the programme.

Having been through the Game Changer programme, I currently support the WhizzKids United Girls Football Team as an administrator and liaise between players, management and the other teams. By being part of this team, I have acquired various skills, for example, planning for football matches, writing monthly reports, providing weekly feedback to management and booking and organising transport for game days. I am also at present attending driving lessons because I know that it would increase my chances of finding employment.

Going forward, I hope to learn as much as I can while being part of WhizzKids United. Game Changers helped me to identify skills relevant to the work that I am doing now.

Things I would love to experience in Brazil
posted by Sphesihle Dlamini on 24 June 2014

The things I would love to experience or have knowledge of when I am in Brazil is to learn some of their language, their culture and the way they do things like rituals and traditions. I would also like to experience how they keep life moving, the hustle and bustle of life there. I want to learn how they spend time together and how they play their sports such as football. I heard that football is the best sport in Brazil and in Brazil, children start preparing for professional football at the age of 9!

I heard there is a beautiful stadium in Brazil called Marracana Stadium. I would like to see it by my eyesand touch it by my hands and I would like to learn what food they eat is Brazil and there is a mountain called Sugar Loaf Mountain which I would like to see.

Learning all these things I have mentioned will help me get to know more about Brazil!



31 October 2014
Game Changers Internship - Little Ambassadors (Part V)
29 October 2014
Game Changers Internship - Edendale Hospital (Part IV)
27 October 2014
Game Changers Internship - WhizzKids United (Part III)
24 October 2014
Game Changers Internship - Hilton Hotel (Part II)
22 October 2014
Game Changers Internship - Edendale Hospital (Part I)
21 October 2014
Filling up my jam jar!
5 September 2014
Five weeks with the GameChangers
12 August 2014
A New Henrike
21 July 2014
Nontobeko Zuma- Game Changer!
24 June 2014
Things I would love to experience in Brazil



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