Let New Adventures Begin

Looking back at my voluntary service in South Africa, there were more surprises than what I would have expected. Having been overseas in New Zealand for a year and having travelled to South Africa before made me think that I knew everything and what to expect. Little did I know that this year in South Read more about Let New Adventures Begin[…]

Get The P(arty)MP Started!

It’s this time of year again! It’s time for our annual Peace Day Music Project! Five schools will once again participate in what will be the greatest event of the school year! In cooperation with the Rhodes University Department of Music and Musicology represented by Corinne Cooper and the Sonic Art Studio represented by local hip-hop Read more about Get The P(arty)MP Started![…]


For this year’s Mandela Day and the Trading Live Mandela Week organised by Rhodes University Community Engagement, the awarenet team offered their services for a IsiXhosa lesson. With Mcvay as a native speaker and Kjetil being fluent, we decided to take up the challenge and teach the guys from the Department of Human Kinetics and Read more about Namkelekile![…]

Meet Thandu: awarenet and karate champ!

Before the 3rd term starts and we are head over heels involved with the next big project, we would like to introduce Thanduxolo Royi, who has been a great help to us during the past terms. Thandu started as and still is one of our awarenet learners, but since he has been part of the Read more about Meet Thandu: awarenet and karate champ![…]

The VSA goes Festival

The annual National Arts Festival shook the otherwise drowsy small town of Grahamstown into sudden life. The multitude of colourful and lively people descending on town was a total onslaught on the senses of the small-town soul, passingly giving Grahamstown the feel of an international metropolis. It was then that the Village Scribe Team decided Read more about The VSA goes Festival[…]

Meet this year’s awarenet champions!

On June the 3rd, we hosted our very first awarenet soccer tournament at the Dlephu Stadium in Joza. Five of our schools (SDA PS, Archie Mbolekwa SP School, Ntaba Maria PS, C.M. Vellem PS, Good Shepherd PS) took part and played an amazing and fair tournament. It was part of our Health and Fitness Project Read more about Meet this year’s awarenet champions![…]

Are you ready for the awarenet cup?

Last term, it was all about cultural differences and similarities between Germany and South Africa. This also included lots of good food and indulging in each other’s national dishes. To get rid of the extra kilos we have gained, we are now starting a Health and Fitness project for the 2nd term. We will learn Read more about Are you ready for the awarenet cup?[…]

It’s My Culture

This term, it was all about cultural differences and similarities between Germany and South Africa. We learned about German and South African cuisine, languages and popular sports. We wrote blog posts, answered forum questions and uploaded many different pictures on awarenet. For the last sessions, volunteer Larissa planned something special for her students to say thank you for Read more about It’s My Culture[…]

The New Dreamteam.

Last year in December, one of our two German volunteers, Kim Niemann, decided to leave the VSA to continue his voluntary service at Cape Mental Health in Cape Town. Read more about his reasons to leave Grahamstown here on our blog. Even though we are one person short now, we will still be able to Read more about The New Dreamteam.[…]

Welcome to the Joza Youth Hub Fun Day and Bazaar!

On the 6th of February, we hosted our very first Fun Day and Bazaar at the Joza Youth Hub. There were food stalls, arts and crafts, good music and lots of fun activities for the kiddies. We also opened our office for the public to learn more about the Village Scribe Association and the awarenet Read more about Welcome to the Joza Youth Hub Fun Day and Bazaar![…]