Camp South Africa Review 2017 | Luke
Check out Luke’s Camp South Africa review from his experience with us back in June! We love hearing from our applicants, it’s great to know how much they’ve enjoyed their time in camp. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to share your Camp story!
Expectations Vs Reality
‘I’ve always wanted to coach children abroad and through Camp South Africa, I hoped I could inspire a child to enjoy sport even more and encourage them to concentrate on school too. Having always wanting to travel, Camp South Africa provided me with the perfect opportunity to do just that. I thought I’d be volunteering 5 days a week with around 10 other volunteers. One of the biggest differences that I found was the amount of spare time I had to carry out excursions with my friends. Also, I found that there were many more volunteers than I had initially expected.
The highlight of my coaching experience was seeing the children enjoying sport the way it should be. Seeing children with outstanding talent, good behaviour and commitment to the session was also amazing. The people are definitely what I’ll miss most from my Camp South Africa experience. I’ve been surprised by how much I already miss the children, staff members and volunteers! I didn’t think that you could create such a strong and lasting connection with people over short 4 weeks.
What I’ve Learned
I have learned and witnessed more in South Africa than I ever thought I would. Experiencing first-hand the traditional singing and dancing, as well as the strong religious background in South Africa, has changed my perspective on life and other cultures. Furthermore, seeing the living conditions and facilities at schools in the townships has shown me how fortunate I am. I’ve been able to learn to be versatile when coaching or teaching of conditions whether it was weather, pitch or equipment related.
In The Future
I’ll be sure to return because I believe the work the charity carries out in the townships must continue. It is so important as it provides the children with an opportunity to further themselves in all aspects of life. I would completely recommend that others go and have the same wonderful experience as I have!
Finally, I would like to thank the Camp South Africa team so much for all the help!’
- Luke, Camp South Africa Participant 2017