Top of Moses Mahbida - great view of Durban!
Time flies so quickly! It seems like only yesterday that I had been packing up my life to come to South Africa, and now 16 months later, I am back home!
I have tried to think of the highlights of my stay in South Africa, and there have been so many, both at work and also away from the WhizzKids United office, that I could not do it justice in this blog. Instead I have put ten highlights that I could think of, but am sure as I reflect, there could be many more! If you can think of more you can leave a comment at the bottom........
1. First World Cup graduation tournament; these tournaments are great as they give everyone a chance to see all office work they are doing put into action, interact with the kids and get a sun tan! They also take place in the townships and give a real opportunity to interact and feel a part of these communities. Ten in ten days is too many, but still......
2. Visit to Lesotho on Easter Weekend last year; one of my first trips within South Africa, with other WhizzKids volunteers, getting to see a music festival, the mountains and ride a (slow) horse
3. Working with Marcus at the World HIV / AIDS conference at the ICC in Durban. The first opportunity to present our programme, talk to people and see the passion that Marcus had as he interacted with delegates. Long days on our feet but worth it!
4. Getting a fundraising proposal accepted!
5. (Delayed) opening of the Health Academy
6. Lunch time cross bar challenges
7. Attending the first Football for Hope Centre opening in Khayeltisha with eight WhizzKids!
8. The World Cup - from media visits, to the Castrol camps through to attending World Cup games, the World Cup really was a once in a lifetime opportunity that South Africa truly embraced and am lucky to say - I was there!
9. Dancing Fridays - this could have been included in the World Cup but thought it deserved its own mention. Doing the Waka Waka with all staff as it came on the radio was great; I know there is a video somewhere, but let’s hope it never makes it online!
10. The people; while not a highlight all the people I have worked with from office staff, to the many volunteers (and the life at 313), through to the trainers, as well as partners, streetfootball world and basically anyone I have had contact with! There is such passion and dedication in our field and particularly at WhizzKids United that it is infectious, making it so hard to leave!
Okay, so I am sure I have bored you all by now, it really has been an incredible time, and I hope to see you all again in the future!
p.s. sorry Stefan if there are spelling mistakes!