Coaching 15 different schools a week is a challenge!

Week Two:

This week has gone incredibly fast! I guess that’s because there is so much going on here all the time. We have 3 schools a day to coach, and then there is nearly always some sort of social thing going on in the evening. We do tend to go out alot which means we are spending way too much money. The staff don’t mind as long as we are up for coaching in the mornings and on good form. The coaching is really, really cool. Every school is different and it’s hard to get bored when the kids get so excited. One little girl sat me down in one session and insisted on braiding my hair, I thought she meant just like a plait but when she was finished my entire head was in incredible braids! I looked hideous though ha! There are always one of two kids in particular at each school which stand out, usually the ones that come up and tell me they love me. So cute! Last coaching session there was the prettiest little girl called Fantasia who sat on my hip while I coached. She didn’t speak any English but kept whispering things in my ear. I tried to take her home with me but the teachers weren’t having any of it!

Sometimes the conditions of the schools are really shocking. Some of our pitches are just dirt fields filled with stones and broken glass. Alot of the kids play in bare feet as well as they don’t want to ruin their one pair of shoes. I cringe when I see them running around on those pitches. Only one of the schools so far has had sports kit, the kids just play in their uniform which don’t tend to be in the greatest condition anyway and then go back to school. The toilets at the schools are generally quite bad as well, the children aren’t allowed to use toilet paper so we have to go to the office and ask if we want some. Two girls today asked me if I wanted to go and look at their poo! I didn’t. The worst thing is that the children get so excited when they see us, they all crowd around trying to touch us and stuff, but then the teachers come out with their canes and some of them get hit. It makes you feel so bad because we encourage them, giving them high fives and hugs and stuff. If you get out a camera it’s actually crazy, they swarm at you and then they want to see each photo and have individual ones taken. The worst thing you can do is pick one of them up and swing them round, you will end up doing each and every kid on the field!! They are all so sweet though I love it.

This weekend a lot of the volunteers went to Storms River, on the Garden Route, to go Bungee Jumping and Sky diving. I could’t afford to go which was gutting because I have wanted to go for so long. I think the Sky Diving cost about £180, and the bungee jumping £65. Everyone absolutely loved it, the videos they got back were hilarious to watch as well. Some people also did a canopy tour which they said was really good.

Hannah Golding

For more information about this and other placements, have a look at http://www.volunteervacations.co.uk, email us on info@volunteervacations.co.uk or give us a ring on 01483 203405/ 331551/07833 208158.

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About www.volunteervacations.co.uk

We send gap year students, university students, families, people on Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award and people on career breaks to coach sports, teach and work in orphanages, work in marine conservation, primates conservation, land conservation, looking after rescued jungle animals, animal welfare, women's empowerment programs (sewing/fashions), men's empowerment programs (carpentry, plumbling, electrics, DIY), medical shadowing (doctors, nurses, midwives and dentists), after schools clubs, reaching out to underprivileged children and adults in South Africa, Kenya, Swaziland, Mozambique, Ghana, Ecuador and The Galapagos, Thailand and India. In Swaziland we offer bespoke rugby coaching placements with the charity Skrum where volunteers (18 ) can take their Level 1 rugby coaching certificate and then travel on to other placements and coach rugby. In India, the placements are suitable for families and undeer 18's are accepted providing they are accompanied by an adult. India is also suitable for Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. We also offer building renovation and reconstruction in India in July. India placements can be from 2 to 12 weeks.
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