Looking back on one year of volunteering

Every person on earth shares at least one trait. The pursuit of happiness. It is anchored in all of us though everybody approaches this goal differently. In general happiness is the result of gratefulness. Being happy means being grateful. In a globalized world which forces people more and more to rush through life it is Read more about Looking back on one year of volunteering[…]

Peace Day Project 2015

One of the biggest projects of VSA is the Peace Day Project during the third term (July-September). Due to the fact that we had no funding for the concert this year we had to change the plans. Because the Joza Youth Hub could need some embellishments we decided to focus on peace poems instead of Read more about Peace Day Project 2015[…]

Health & Fitness Day

Each year VSA works together with the learners on the topic “health and fitness” including a culmination at the end of the term. During the awarenet sessions we either played soccer, dodgeball or frisbee or we worked on blogs and forum questions. This year the health & fitness day was celebrated on the 12th of Read more about Health & Fitness Day[…]

Community Engaged Learning Symposium

From the 4th to the 6th May 2015 the Rhodes University held a “Community Engaged Learning Symposium” at the Gavon Relly Post Graduate Village. As a local NGO the Village Scribe Association was invited to join the audience and the discussions after each lecture. The topics ranged from “What university staff and schoolteachers can learn Read more about Community Engaged Learning Symposium[…]

awarenet Open Day on International Girls in ICT Day 2015

The International Girls in ICT Day is held every year on the 4th Thursday of April on which teenage girls and university students are invited to spend the day at the office of ICT companies and other organisations. The VSA participated for the last three years hosting an open awarenet sessions for girls (and determined boys) Read more about awarenet Open Day on International Girls in ICT Day 2015[…]

SciFest – presenting awarenet and our project “Life after School”

SciFest held from the 18th to 24th March 2015 in the monument this year. The theme being “the year of light” lots of schools visited the SciFest from right over South Africa. Eight schools that we teach awarenet to in Grahamstown  participated this year. With over 100 learners taking part in the project, they were Read more about SciFest – presenting awarenet and our project “Life after School”[…]

Community Engagement Partner Meeting

The Community Engagement (CE) departement of the Rhodes University hosted a partner meeting in the Assumption Development Centre on Thursday the 29th of January. 30 people from different schools, NGOs and NPOs attended the meeting. After a warm welcome and an introduction phase we started talking about the “Student Volunteering Programme” (SVP). This programme enables Read more about Community Engagement Partner Meeting[…]

Recording the awarenet Peace Songs at Rhodes University

After the great success of the awarenet Peace Day Concert, Sonic Art Studio and us started to organise the recording of the five different awarenet Peace Songs in the Rhodes University’s recording studios. The use of the facilities was a donation of the Department of Music and Musicology to the awarenet Peace and Music Project. During November, all Read more about Recording the awarenet Peace Songs at Rhodes University[…]