Great few weeks in Durban
posted by Ben Bernicke on 26 November 2013

Now, that I am working for WhizzKids United already for a whole month it is time for my first blog. Time really flies. When I agreed to volunteer at WhizzKids, I had no idea that it was so difficult to know where to start. Because there are so many impressions. I decided to write my blog in a chronicle order. I arrived at King Shaka airport at the 16th of October and just burst in into the rainy season of Durban. Nevertheless, I received a warm welcome by the whole team, which also represents the high appreciation of volunteers working for WhizzKids United.

I am involved with the “Siyakhona programme”, a project that teaches young people to use cameras and digital media. The participants are very interested in the program and each weekly meeting is big fun. We just started to design posters using “children´s rights” as a theme. At the moment we are collecting suitable pictures and teaching poster-making basics. We also have a news board in the Health Academy, which the kids fill every month with information about the happenings at WhizzKids United and around the community. Last week we went out to a small local food market to take pictures and interviewed the salesmen. The group members were very passionate and took their job very serious, which was really nice to observe.

My personal highlight of the past time with WhizzKids United definitely was the football tournament Ashtown Primary school, organised by using the “On the Ball programme” concept. We had about 250 children and the weather conditions were really fantastic. It was a pleasure to watch the kids play. The most impressive thing I saw were two kids sharing a pair of shoes, one child used one and the other used one. How great is that? Disadvantage in the end, I forgot to put on sun cream and was rewarded with a bad sunburn.Besides work, living in South Africa allows me to gather great experiences. The people are so relaxed and the area in and around Durban has a lot to offer. Until now, I can say that I totally enjoyed my first weeks in Durban. Fortunately there are some more!

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