Life as a Game Changer and going forward
posted by Zandile Jaca on 17 April 2015

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.

Game Changers Internship - University of KwaZulu-Natal (Part VI)
posted by Zandile Jaca on 3 November 2014

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....

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