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KARA HEUBI
American

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

Not only are you seeing changes in the children through your teaching but changes in yourself being exposed to a foreign culture.  I can't tell you how differently you see the world when you live in another country --- it is something everyone should experience, especially in such a beautiful, friendly country as South Africa!

The best thing about the placement was the kids. You can't get enough of them.

Can you describe a typical day?

We get up around 6:00 and rush to get a shower in and make a sandwich for lunch. Pauline comes to pick us up at 7:10 and we arrive right before school starts.

We usually have a few periods off here and there but otherwise we are busy teaching or grading papers.

After school, we all sit around for a cup of tea on the porch and chat before we head off to the soup kitchen.  There the kids great us with the biggest smiles as they all line up with their plates ready for us to serve the food. 

We take a taxi back home and watch tv until dinner is ready (around 6). Usually one of us makes it and another cleans up and we rotate throughout the week. Later on, we sit around the table and chat for hours until finally we hop into bed at 11 or 12.

The weekends are a different story as we travel loads, seeing sights during the day and enjoying a good meal and some drinks at a bar at night. 

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