Bethany Neave – Travelling round Swaziland – Day 13 of rugby coaching placement


Today was mainly a day for getting jobs done. The national match was drawing ever closer and the pressure was starting to build to have everything and everyone in place on the day.


We started the day by having a serious sit down meeting and prioritizing what needed to be done. We went to Swazi Design and gave the national kit in to be branded. It is a smart kit!  The top is done in the Swazi colours, red yellow and blue, with a blue number on the back and the colourful logo on the left bit of the chest. We also dropped off the after match tops to be branded as well;  they are all black rugby polo’s with the same logo as the playing tops but in silver which we hoped would look really good.


After more running around town to get things done we returned to base and me and Naomi were told to go down to the local game reserve to Sondzela’s  Backpackers as this is where the Botswana team were to be staying.  We arrived to the reception and chatted to a lady called Love Joy and let’s just say for a woman with such a lovely and happy name is was very much the opposite!

The Swimming Pool at Sondzelas Backpacker, Mlilwane National Park


Once things had been sorted out with this, we went to a local primary school where a friend of Naomi’s taught at and looked over the programme he had put together for us for the National match. There was far too much on it and we decided to take it back to show Michael and sort it out.


Naomi dropped me back at base and after saying goodbye to Wilson and Malindi, I was able to relax and have a much needed shower.  As well as this, with the leftover chicken from the KFC we had had on a previous night ,Linda had made me a KFC Pie!  It was delicious and something I don’t think anyone has had before I certainly hadn’t!


It is lovely as me, Michael and Linda all have a similar sense of humour and we all love watching QI.  This episode was particularly funny as Michael has been taking the mick that I am from the West Country and calls me a famer and the stupid Devon accent!  Which I don’t have by the way! On QI they were doing a similar thing to one of the comedians and he came out with something very clever and referred to himself as the Dali Farmer!  All of us fell about laughing!


After a midnight snack of chorizo and mozzarella sandwiches, we all went to bed.

Bethany Neave

(Bethany is doing a volunteer placement in Swaziland with the charity SKRUM which involves rugby coaching in schools and the community, AIDS education, painting the SKRUM logo on the outside of schools and assisting the team in all aspects of running this charity.)
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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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