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Organization Review

Overall Experience: 
What can a mathematical engineer student learn from being a month in Lavender Hill? First of all, after doing everything I could the entire last year to do well in the different subjects, a holiday was very welcome. And by travelling to the other side of the planet, you really get away from your studies. While a normal relaxed holiday can make you lazy, this type of holiday has a meaningful content in the day, and you still have the evenings to relax – when you don’t spend them drinking in Long Street that is. Yes, while you’re a volunteer at Philisa Abafazi you get to have loads of fun outside the organisation as well. Among other things, I’ve jumped the World’s highest commercial bungee jump, seen the African penquins, visited an oyster festival and, of course, at several occations tried the brilliant taste of a Hunter’s dry. If it was just for the fun outside the organisation, I might as well just have been backpacking in South Africa. But by being a volunteer you get to spread the joy of your interests with girls who are eager to learn. As such, I have been very pleased to teach mathematics through board games and magical tricks. At Philisa Abafazi Bethu you get a lot of freedom, but also a lot of responsibility. But because you’re never alone with any projects, you only see the responsibility as an advantage, since it allows you to do exactly what you think might be the best for the girls. Whenever I was fully prepared for my own things, it was always a pleasure to assist on some of the other projects where the other volunteers shared their interests with the girls or women. Therefore, I would recommend almost anyone to spend some time with this beautiful organisation. If someone as boring as a mathematical engineer enjoys beeing here, it really must be a damn good place. I’ve even learnt a new equation: Mathematical engineer + Philisa Abafazi Bethu = Extraordinary experience.