GUEST FEEDBACK ON VOLUNTEERING AT SANI LODGE BACKPACKERS
“We spend 3 days in Sani Lodge in November and we were the couple who was the first to do a new tour. It was a really great experience for us and one of the best moment of our holidays. It takes us only half a day, some energy and imagination but we have souvenirs for all our life and we think that children were very happy. It’s a nice project and we hope that others tourists continue to go to help these children and who knows maybe it can permit them to access to the better future. We would like to advice others backpackers from Sani lodge to invest a little part of their holidays to this programme and in addition to their help they will receive a lot of positive energy! We send you a link to some photos with children https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B29UBcVZ_6cyOElaUFJGTHlQQTA&usp=sharing And also a little video with children: http://youtu.be/-MLQF02Nano
Ania and Damien from France “
Celyne and Josh from Philadelphia writer / student http://jcsouthafricatrip.blogspot.com/
“ This is just the start! We will be in touch with ideas for helping to build and sustain the chess programme.
Thanks for the opportunity. It was grand!”
Robbie Schwieder “Thanks again for hosting me for the last month. I had an amazing four weeks, and am hugely grateful to you both for making it happen”.
My "Curriculum:"With the Grade 4 & 5 students I followed a very specific schedule. At the beginning of the week I'd introduce a new list of vocabulary (usually between 10 and 15 words). We'd define them, then spend the next few days practicing them with various puzzles, assignments, and games. Then, at the end of the week, I would administer a quiz testing both the students' spelling ability and comprehension. Along the way the students also read books, completed reading comprehension activities, and performed other activities as time permitted. The Grade 2 & 3 students were less structured. Often I'd introduce a similar, but more elementary, list of vocabulary, then ask the students to perform exercises/puzzles similar to those that I gave the older students. However, we also sang more songs, read more books, and practiced basic English speaking skills more often than did the older kids. I never gave the Grade 2 & 3 students a quiz.
Christian software engineer ; “ Thanks a lot for this splendid opportunity. Definitely a good time and more importantly, the learners seemed to have tons of fun with the experiments.”
Wayne “ Great experience! It was a pleasure teaching and interacting with the children. Really excellent programme! Hope it grows even more and bigger.”
Sarah teacher “ Friendly and happy kids good experience.”
Marta teacher “ Very rewarding experience”
Saida student “ Amazing experience , very keen kids!”
Jason technician “ Amazing time such wonderful kids”
IN WHAT WAYS DID YOU INTERACT WITH THE CHILDREN IN THE SCHOOL?
Mariam replies ; “We had a small English teaching session where we got the children to speak about themselves, their favourite animals, colours, shapes and clothing. We also got them to say words an small sentences whilst playing Chinese Whispers to make it fun for them”
Noor replies;”I taught them a few art games such as Pictionary and then we made a drawing wall together. I helped the children with Origami. Also taught then jokes and handshakes from around the world:.
HOW DO YOU FEEL THE CHILDREN BENEFITED FROM YOUR INTERACTION WITH THEM?
Mariam ;“The children got the opportunity to interact with a lot of new people which boosted their self-confidence. Also they participated in various fun activities which made them enjoy learning”
Ali ; “ My first impression was delight and happiness’.
Alejandro; “ they learned different things from each activity as well as songs and dance moves.”
Alia; “ I felt grateful and proud about myself that I managed to make a lot of children smile and laugh. I never experienced this before and I will never forget this moment”.
Luchlan; “ The children seemed to have gained confidence as they day went on and their interaction levels increased”
Noor ; “ The children were delightful. They seemed to enjoy the interactions and they were pleased at making new friends. They learned new skilld regarding art and social skills and they learned English as we taught them.
Areeb; “They learnt a lot about different cultures and places as all of the volunteers come from different places”.
IN WHAT WAYS HAVE YOU BENEFITED FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE OF VOLUNTEERING?
Mohammed; “ I have enjoyed the fact that I was able to partake in the improvement of people living in less fortunate conditions than myself. They are the happiest and most grateful children I’ve ever met. I now also feel happier that I have helped and have discovered something I will do again in the future”.
M Syakir; “ leadership, teaching skills, learning more about the children’s culture and realising we are fortunate”.
Sam; “ I believe that I have benefited massively from this experience because when you see how much these kids want to go to school, it makes you feel more appreciative to get the education that you are given. It helps to broaden your horizons and opens you up to other cultures”.
Elena; “ I feel more confident about going into a classroom and teaching children. I also learnt teaching skills and about their culture. I’ve learnt a lot more about South Africa and how people live. I had an amazing time’.
Noor; “ First I have benefited emotionally I”ve grown attached to these lovely , kind children and learned so much from them. They are disciplined, patient, friendly and most of all happy! It makes me think I can learn from that . Also it makes me feel good helping others. The experience was incredible and touching and I’m sure many people around the world would love to volunteer”.
Joseph; “ I learnt to appreciate more including the small things”.
Philip; “ I feel more courageous in public and also learnt more about other schools in different countries and how to interest children”.
Luchlan:” I have realised how lucky I am and have a great respect for what I take for granted”.
Alia:” I visited to see how well the children were taught ( I’m actually quite impressed)
Russell; “ I have realised the struggles of children in developing countries who have ambitions but not the resources to follow their dreams. It made me feel appreciative of the things I have. It is a life experience and shows you the poverty in the world”.
Danielle; “ I appreciated the facilities that I am provided with even more from looking at these children with a lot of potential yet lacking facilities. It’s a definite eye-opener”.
M Elseikh ; “ This experience has been very satisfactory and humbling and I wouldn’t miss it for the world”.
Teodora; “ I had the great opportunity to meet new amazing people, learning about how they live and the differences between us, making me value what I have more. It also gave me more confidence through teaching”.
Mike : “A bit daunting but very rewarding”.