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KATIE DUNBAR
British

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

Just a note to thank you again for all of your hard work in enabling my trip to South Africa ... it meant I got to visit not just another country, but another continent.

South Africa, and particularly the Garden Route, surprised me with its beauty, complexity and friendliness.  I am so pleased that I got to experience this fantastic part of the world which I wouldn't otherwise have thought of during my gap year travels.

I was welcomed very warmly with a speech by Mrs Josephs and a finger buffet in a decorated staff-room. (The poster said, KATIE DUNBAR WE WELCOME YOU! and there was a huge Union Jack on the wall.) ... My lessons are going very well and I'm in demand with the children who keep sending me letters and asking for my presence in class

I would definitely recommend teaching in Knysna, and I have already.  It’s a lovely little town and the people are generally very laid-back and friendly. The staff were thrilled to have us and there was plenty of opportunity to get involved in classes and (occasionally) extra-curricular activities.

It can be a bit intimidating standing up and addressing a class of 50-odd boisterous kids (and they are boisterous), so it would suit someone with a bit of confidence in themselves.  Mind you, no matter how confident you are to begin with, it is something that grows with each lesson, so really anyone with a bit of enthusiasm and who’s prepared to get stuck in will do fine.

Since the organisation in the schools is generally terrible, it would suit someone who’s prepared to relax and go with the flow a bit. You never quite know what you’re going to be doing day-to-day and occasionally you just have to embrace the chaos and make the best of it. Anyone who takes themselves too seriously and gets uptight when things don’t go to plan (and they never do) will just go mad.

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