Testimonials

The best way of finding out about working in the awarenet program is by asking our (former) volunteers.

12674664_1139186649432891_887206777_nLarissa Willy (weltwärts volunteer 2015) about how her work influences her
Volunteering for the Village Scribe Association and the awarenet programme is a truly rewarding experience for me. Our catchphrase “play to learn” works both ways. I am not only here to teach, I am here to learn. Working here offers me a lot of freedom to try myself out, be creative and meet amazing people from whom I can learn a lot.

 

Kim Niemann (weltwärts volunteer 2015) about the day to day working
Working for the awarenet program is challenging. Every day is different, every task requires different skills and a lot of improvisation. There is probably no other place in the weltwärts program where you can learn about so many things like here.

 

 

LukasLukas Scharnberg (weltwärts volunteer 2014) about his arrival
On the 22nd of September, I left Hamburg and flew via London and Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth, where I finally arrived on the 23rd. My first impressions of my new home country were not as radical as I thought. The airport itself wasn’t as big as I was used to and the streets within Port Elizabeth weren’t pothole-free but in general at first sight there was no big difference to Germany. In the evening, I went to Grahamstown where Terri had organised a charming welcome braai. I met my new landlords and neighbours as well as the rest of the VSA staff for the first time and felt warmly welcomed.

Rieke_C.M VellemRieke Heitmüller (weltwärts volunteer 2013) reflecting after her year working with awarenet
After one year in South Africa, I experienced a lot and I think there won’t be enough time to tell all the stories. Obviously, there were also a few challenges during my voluntary service, which I had to face but I’m glad I experienced these things too. Moments like the first time our students seemed to trust and be interested in me and my fellow volunteer, the proud feeling to finish a project or my journeys around South Africa made my year memorable and unforgettable.

 

 Antje_VGAntje Hering (weltwärts volunteer 2013) about emotions and talents
My highlights for the volunteering year ranged from a positive, inspiring, fun, thrilling and mind blowing moments to negative, sad, touching, and eye opening moments. Working on the peace and music project was one of my highlights at work. The talent of our learners aged between 12 and 15 is incredible. I never expected kids that age to write lyrics and make their songs sound so good. I was especially impressed at how they were able to use Nelson Mandela as an inspiration for their lyrics and coming together to work as a team.