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JO SOHN-RETHEL
British

Teaching Disadvantaged Children on a voluntary placement in Knysna, South Africa
         

I've had a really fun, interesting and fulfilling experience. I definitely think my confidence has built and my communicational skills have developed due to the experience. It's been a very different experience to any other work I've done as it is much more interactive and less stressful!

The best thing about the placement was communicating with the children by helping them paint, playing sports and helping out in the classroom. It's been really rewarding leaving a mark on the school and seeing them happy.

I've also made good friends of the other volunteers.

I would definitely recommend this placement as you can derive so many skills from the experience whether you want to teach or not. I also think all the volunteers make a big difference to the schools they are at. I think it would suit any sort of person really. You have to be enthusiastic about working otherwise there's not much point. It's good to be a bit outgoing, but I'm not and I did fine.

Can you describe a typical day?

Wake up at 7:00, get to school at 8:00, Watch telly/sleep for first lesson, paint with children for rest of lessons. Play with kids at break, get a few snacks.

Finish school at 1:45, get home at 2:00 and have lunch, go shopping in town, play a bit of sport or go for a jog.

Have dinner at 6:30, hang out with other volunteers, maybe go out for a drink or play pool in the evening..

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