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Adam Bond          

ADAM BOND
British

Teaching Drama to Township Children on a voluntary placement in Knysna, South Africa

         

The Hill [to the volunteer house] was a little steep but you can’t really do much about that!

I did a blog and this is the last paragraph of the last entry with my final thoughts:

This was the first time I travelled on my own, it was daunting but they say to get a child to swim you have to throw it in the deep end and it will swim on its own. This child swam and became a man.

Seeing the township opened my eyes to how bad it is there. Actually eating in one of their houses just made you realize, this is for real. And I wasn’t even in the worst parts. But these people are so happy, they will bend over backwards for you, and will always be smiling. Even the children just run around and play with the biggest smiles on their faces without a care in the world, and yet children in this country (I know because I was one of them) will cry if they don’t get the right playstation game or iPod or whatever.

In our country we waste so much, and when I see the little these people have. Literally getting anything they can to make their houses, it makes you think. Will it change the way I live? Sadly probably not, I'm not a prophet or anything. But will it change the way I look at things?

Definitely.

... So has this trip changed me?

Yes it has. For one thing I feel I'm a stronger man inside now, even if just a little. It’s made me look at my life and think beyond the music. I want to do more and I don't want to sit in Cambridge all my life. I want to see more places, more people. The world is a massive place, and you can’t see it on a TV screen.

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