My first impressions of WhizzKids United was that it was heaving to do with kids! All over everywhere, the football pitch, the walk ways , the rooms, and the Health Academy.
We had come to look around the place to see if we felt that we could offer anything to this NGO who rely on volunteers to assist in the work that needs to be done.
As I am a RGN (registered general nurse) from the UK, currently working as a Sr Practice Nurse in a GP surgery, I was particularly interested in the work that was carried out in the Health Academy. The whole service provided is aimed at kids aged from 11-20, which accounted for the vast numbers of kids in the grounds. After introductions I have been allowed to wander through looking at what I could offer to these already amazing services.
As I said because I am a nurse my inclination was towards the medical side, but my registration doesn’t stand here in South Africa so was frustrated at not being able to use any of my clinical skills. This is my challenge then to find my “slot.”
So after “the wander” I sit in the waiting room with the kids that are obviously just waiting for their turn to see the Doctor, Nurse or Councellor. Some of them were chatting but the rest were just staring blankly ahead of them just waiting.
This is a drop in facility so there is an expectation to wait, but waiting is boring. I always take a book or my knitting to the hospital if I had to wait. After conducting a survey with the assistance of the lead councellor, Nobuhle, the over whelming answer from the kids was that they would appreciate Maths and English support. So there was the challenge to give the kids something interesting to do while waiting. So the plan was made to design puzzles, work sheets and activities that tested Maths and English with a view to making them fun and also educational. And to include relevant topics for the comprehension, relating to STI/HIV .
Football is used as the tool to teach life skills so a few football related word searches were added. To encourage completion of the activities and to gain top marks, sweets were offered as a reward. Kid will do anything to get a sweet, as will the adult staff it seems who were just as keen to complete the sheets!!
With the assistance of Sanele, a volunteer who will continue this idea when I have returned to the UK, we have given the kids “something to do” and they do seem to have fun. Making use of the time that they have to wait, making it profitable as they are missing school to attend the academy.
An extension to this project was to contact “Mind set” who have offered to donate educational DVDs to play on the solar TV that was donated during the 2010 World Cup, when these arrive this will provide even more educational material.
This project has also had extended use into the school shuttle service and I hope will continue long after we have returned to England.
Being part of WhizzKids United, and being on the Game Changer programme, has taught me how to behave in a working environment. I have developed critical skills in communication and learned how to take on leadership responsibilities. It has been such a great experience, waking up every day, knowing that I will learn new things and meet different people that will change my life for the better.
Being a Game Changer has motivated me to wake up morning. Also, partaking in the ladies football team has made my dream a reality because I am passionate about football, and learning and having fun at the same time has made it easier for me to understand the challenges related to HIV/Aids and other social issues. Talking to youth about social issues, and relate these issues to various games, make it easier for youth to talk to me while they are having fun.
During the course of the Game Changer programme, I have been given different opportunities to showcase my skills in a working environment. For example, I got a one month internship at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics, where I assisted professors with various administrative tasks.
Later, I applied for the Laureus Youth Empowerment though Sport programme (YES). Getting accepted to take part in the programme has been an honour and I hope it will be the beginning of a successful career in youth empowerment through sport. I look forward to meeting youth from around Africa who will be participating on the programme, sharing ideas and learning from each other.
Special thanks to Oxfam for granting me the funds to make this dream become a reality. I am looking forward to learn as much as possible and gain experience in the YES programme so that I, in return, can implement what I have learned.
Hello, my name is Philip and I’m currently enjoying the last day of a 6 month internship at WhizzKids United. Most of my time was spent developing the Siyakhona program which I took over as a photography program last year and was given the freedom to develop into a drama, photography and writing class for 2015.
It feels like just yesterday that I arrived at WhizzKids United, in a world unbeknown to me. And when I compare my perspective then to my perspective now, the difference is crazy. Coming to South Africa, I had very little knowledge about the work of a NGO and the hard background work which goes into every single program here. I didn’t appreciate the scope of the HIV epidemic and the extent of difficulties that are faced in overcoming it. Most importantly, I didn’t appreciate the spirit of the locals to make a success of their lives despite all their hardship.
WhizzKids United has helped me change that perspective. I’ve seen the tireless work that goes into planning programs which not only give the youth a more positive outlook on life but also educate them about important issues relating to their health. I’ve seen how much work goes into actually securing funding for the programs; from writing proposals to attending networking events, the staff work tirelessly to help continue the great work of WhizzKids United. And I’ve met some of the greatest youth I’ve encountered in my short time on earth. Youth who would not succumb to their circumstances, who were determined to do something with their life. It is difficult to appreciate the struggles they went through because they always stayed positive and enthusiastic about life. Meeting them has really given me an even more positive outlook of the world and the people in it.
It definitely wasn’t just a walk in the park, but if I wanted that I could have just stayed in England watching Eastenders. No, this was a great experience because I was allowed to get involved in the continued development of WhizzKids United and I know they will continue developing in the future.
Thanks for everything!
My internship blog took place at Edendale hospital ward 1B2 first floor. While I was doing internship I meant knew people from different places especially eldest. I did enjoy working with aging people because they always gave me a good advice every day. Fist time it was hard to communicate with them but when times goes on everything goes on track.
I was assisting them by collecting medication, off duties, collecting stationary, doing copies and work general. I did enjoy everything I even improve my skills and I have gain more experience.
What I have leant while I was doing my internship is to be calm, patient and communication skill wasn’t my strongest points but by implementing organization skill and time management boost my communication skills.
When I never thought I can able to work under burnt people because I know myself that I’m a coward but everything possible by believing to myself and work hard even though there is some challenges but I did everything okay.
During the month of September I had an opportunity to go and have an internship placement at Hilton Durban Hotel. I have worked in the following three departments Rainbow Terrence Restaurant; Business Center; Engineering/ Maintenance department.
At the Rainbow Terrence Restaurant I have done these duties assistant bar man; waiter; looking after a buffet making sure that it is clean and the dishes are always full.
At the Business center I have done the following duties administration work, waiter, doing the setups for meetings.
At the Maintenance department I have done the electricity; and plumber work.
This is what I have gained at Hilton Durban Hotel. I would also like to thank the WhizzKids United for giving us this huge opportunity we really appreciate it, this is what we call the beginning of a journey leading to success.
Out in the big world trying to fit in but hard to reach the pace but the journey has to start somewhere. Emotions all over the place seek for a new breeze to freshen up my thoughts of my work. As I was placed in Edendale hospital in Operation Theatre Department I experienced much more within the administrator industry. Dealing with filing, organising, answering calls, NSI forms, doing off duties etc. The skills that I have gained will benefit me in the future. Having that vibe of being in a job environment gave me a clue on how to handle professional challenges when it happens that I come across them. I am so grateful for this opportunity and I thank WhizzKids United for making a difference in my life.
I have been part of Game Changers for a year now. I have been given many skills like being organised, planning before, computer and communicating. They did not just give us those skills but given a chance to see how much we learnt by being placed in a working environment. I was given a chance to be an intern at Edendale Hospital, Human Resource Department in Employee Assistant Programme office. I was working with a lady called Mrs Khumalo. I was basically doing admin work which includes filing, photocopying and binding, documents filling, handling transport hiring, collecting Jim attendance and filing it according to dates. This internship was just a month but I learnt a lot. I was really scared of office work,never really thought I could do it, but through that internship I learnt to believe in myself that if I put my heart in something I can make I happen. But mostly WhizzKids made thing possible for me.
The first moment I stepped inside the gates of the University of KwaZulu-Natal it felt like my dream has came true but in a changed way because I was getting there for the diverse reason I thought I will be there for tertiary education but it turned out in a different way than I expected. Now I understand why people say life is unpredictable, it amazed several people that a person in my age was an intern in the university what shocked them further is that I matriculated last year they thought it was impossible. But what they didn’t know is that with Game Changers is possible, having to work closely with masters students which are doing Gender, Religion and Health it really motivated me study in life. The craziest moments I experience while I was there it was when the students were striking because I had to hide in the office the whole day, because they thought I look like a student. All in all it was a great experience....
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.
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.