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AMY POWELL
British

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

Having a fantastic time out here experiencing a complete culture change that tests your adaptability and awareness. Also an experience of independence on a variety of levels, although I feel quite looked after in the house with other volunteers and Sharon is very supportive and attentive, but you still are living with people you've never met, in a strange new environment etc.

There's also independence within the school in terms of using your initiative. I have learnt that if you fail to have independence and initiative with enthusiasm whilst teaching you can fade into the background and attend your placement but not do an awful lot! (e.g sit and mark work) however if you DO have that, you can do so much more. For me I am pleased with how much independent drama teaching time I have been given!

What was the best thing about the placement?

To be honest all the small things from the teaching/time with the children/the letters they get you/when they sing back a song you taught them - it all adds up and gives you a great feeling!

Although jumping the worlds highest bungee jump was a big achievement for me and something unforgettable! So that too!

Can you describe a typical day?

Wake up/drag ourselves out of bed about 6:45ish, have a quick breakfast and ready to leave at 7:30! Arrive at the school at 8, go to your designated reading class for first period (or assembly if its a Monday), lessons last 50mintues. Then 2 more lessons following your timetable.

10 minute break mid-morning, then 2 more lessons (for me it was English grade 7 or drama grade 4) then a 20 minute break, then 2 more lessons again (however you do find you have some free periods for lesson planning which we usually went to the staffroom or to the small computer room).

And then a 2 o clock finish when you feel rather tired!!

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Volunteers Amy Powell and Jack Gunner in Drama class

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