Bethany Neave – 5th day – The Car Day

Thursday, 20 September 2012


I slept until nearly 8:00 this morning due to the massive consumption of wine the previous night but I after some ibuprofen I was fine. After the morning cup of tea, chatting and packing of the trailer, me Malindi and Wilson headed off in the car. Our first stop being the local garage as the car is pulling to the left when being driven. The car could not be fixed at this garage and if we don’t have the SKRUM truck we don’t have a vehicle to get to school so this had to be sorted as soon as possible.


We drove back to Michael and Linda’s house and it was decided that Malindi would go to another garage to get the car fixed and me and Wilson would stay at the house. Someone had sent through I logo for the National u/19’s Schools Rugby Tournament. It was in the Swaziland colours of red yellow and blue and looked very good.

Michael and Wilson then went through a Power point presentation that Wilson is going to give to a school tomorrow. As well as this, Linda has a new project and has been commissioned to make a morocco style mosaic for a new restaurant. It is a big project due to the size of it, it isn’t very wide but it is about 4m long and she has to do two! It is very sunny here today but there is a strong wind so Linda was attempting to create the base of the mosaic. Me and Wilson were drafted in the help and after much struggle we finally got it done.

Linda’s creative workshop…


The inside of the workshop…


Lunch time arrived and as we were waiting for food Wilson was showing me the photos from the boarder to boarder run that the National rugby team did. I thought this was a brilliant achievement and something one day I would really love to do! We swapped pictures for about 10 mins; I showed him photos of my family and other rugby events I had been a part of.


I have been given another rugby jersey so now I match the other coaches and it is a very smart top and I love it! Michael then went on to joke when it was time to take my photo in the new top for the website, that should I put any make up on as it was going to be shown to people and I should look in the mirror! Cheeky bugger!


We are having dinner here tonight and I think it’s going to be a quiet night to prepare for the busy day tomorrow!

Bethany Neave

(Bethany is doing a volunteer placement with the charity SKRUM in Swaziland.  The placement involves rugby coaching to schools and the community, AIDS education, painting of the charity logo on the outside of schools and generally being part of the team and getting involved in all aspects of running this charity.)

0044 1783 208 158/  0044 1483 331551



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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