Past volunteers will know that myself and Alanna made a ‘Today I…’ board in the volunteer house for volunteers to write down their daily achievements. When volunteering it is so important to celebrate the small victories as well as the big ones. This is somethings I wish I had done when I first arrived in South Africa but it is never to late to start so here it goes:
6th Nov – Today I… Inducted the last volunteers for the year telling them about our projects.
7th Nov – Today I…Scaled a 20ft ladder, locked the keys in the car, jump-started the car, made bread rolls with Nonhlanhla and had five new friends join me on a run to the estuary.
8th Nov – Today I…Spent my first morning in Khula Clinic with volunteer Niels.
10th Nov – Today I…Went on a game drive in Hluhlwe Umfolozi and saw wild dog, hyena, rhino, buffalo, elephant and giraffe. After I watched Ireland Vs South Africa with volunteers and friends at Reef & Dune.
11th Nov – Today I…Kissed a Rhino.
13th Nov – Today I…Spent my graduation day at the doctor/police station in Mtubatuba but celebrated with friends and drinks at Reef & Dune. Thank you little one for making my hat and scroll.
14th Nov – Today I…Celebrated World Diabetes Day 2012 with volunteers giving an informative speech at Khula Clinic on the condition followed by Ezwenelisha Support Group at yoga instructor David’s house.
15th Nov – Today I…Went on a hippo hunt.
17th Nov – Today I…Spent the evening at Boys Club.
18th Nov – Today I…Saw my first black rhino driving through iSimangaliso Wetland Park on our way to spend the day on the beach and braai-ed at Cape Vidal.
19th Nov – Today I…Went to Ezwenelisha Afterschool Club and read some very moving poetry.
21st Nov – Today I…Weeded AMREF Garden with volunteer Gabby.
22nd Nov – Today I…Went to Miriam’s THAF Quiz Night and our ‘I Quized a Girl and I Liked it’ team won first prize thanks to our knowledge of Santa’s nine reindeer.
23rd Nov – Today I…visited Big Mama, Becky Zulu and Skinny Lady on Home-Based Care.
24th Nov – Today I…Went for a 7am run to the beach with volunteer Jenni here we saw hippos as we walked along the board walk.
25th Nov – Today I…Got charged 35R Corkage fee for eating ice-creams in Reef & Dune after one of the most hilarious lunches with Alanna and Miriam.
27th Nov – Today I…Got told by the Induna of Khula Village that he loved me.
28th Nov – Today I…Kept the children outside Malibongwe Creche entertained while volunteers taught HIV Education inside the creche.
30th Nov – Today I…Celebrated World AIDS Day at Khula Clinic.
1st Dec – Today I…Went shopping in Mtuba with Alanna without Nonhalnhla and on the 1st of the month.
2nd Dec – Today I…Hurt someone that I really care about and hope that they will forgive me.
5th Dec – Today I…Built a garden for Cute Baby Mama and planted beans and peanuts.
6th Dec – Today I…Went on my last Garbage Pick-Up.
8th Dec – Today I…Had a Christmas Party in Papaya with friends from St Lucia.
9th Dec – Today I…Cuddled with little one, Alanna and Sofie. Lots of spooning with Alanna.
11th Dec – Today I…Sat at the kids table and played ‘I Spy’ with the little one, Shwele, Nonhlanhla and Zakhele at the Induna’s Braai.
12th Dec – Today I…Said goodbye to my good friend Alanna and packed up my room.
13th Dec – Today I…Learned that jump-starting our NHL with Sofie is a great way to pick up men. Had our Christmas party with the AI Team and had to say a number of very sad goodbyes. AND had TOO much fun with little one.
15th Dec – Today I…Surprised a friend for her hens party followed by the hardest goodbye at Durban airport.
16th Dec – Today I…Surprised my family and came home for Christmas. Take a look: http://youtu.be/ZcdD0XHufs8
Thank you to everyone who made my seven months in St Lucia so amazing.
I have learned something from every single volunteer that I have met and I think you are all extremely special people and I admire your want to help others. I hope you all loved your first time volunteering with African Impact as much as I did and I hope to see you all back. The people I have met on the projects in St Lucia are wonderful and the projects themselves are incredible. Like every volunteer I hope I have left a little bit of myself in the projects.
Alanna, Sofie, Stef, Kassie, Miriam and Sonja you have been the most incredible team of people to work. I love you all so much. I will never forget everything that we have been through. Thank you for everything and all the best f0r 2013.
So tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book and I plan on writing good one…