Our first term and journalism project

The first term is already over. It was a busy time and because we had a few beginner groups, it  was also challenging. Some children didn’t even know how to move their mouse, so we stuck to teaching the basics. A lot of things changed during this term, most of them for the better. In Read more about Our first term and journalism project[…]

Let’s sing and dance for peace!

The awarenet Peace Day Concert took place at Noluthando Hall on the 28th of September. Since August, our awarenet students have been busy creating their own lyrics, melodies and choreographies for the annual Peace Day Concert. Corinne Cooper from Rhodes Music Department and Zukani Budaza from Sonic Art Studio taught the children musical skills and Read more about Let’s sing and dance for peace![…]


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![…]

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![…]

Starting 2016 with a BANG!

We have many plans for the new year and did not hesitate to get started. The kids are back at school and we are back at the office. Many of our learners from last year have finished school or went to another school which means that at the moment we are busy recruiting new students who are Read more about Starting 2016 with a BANG![…]


This week was #‎GivingTuesday‬ and we wanted to give thanks. We are grateful for all that we have achieved over the years and wanted to give back to the community. #GivingTuesday is a global movement that kicks off the charitable season and unites the world for good. Anyone, anywhere, can make a difference. We decided to celebrate generosity and Read more about #GivingTuesday[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Annual planning meeting RUCE

On the 19th of October the Rhodes University Community Engagement (RUCE) department invited VSA to participate in the annual planning meeting. Dr Theresa Edlmann from the Rhodes History department was leading the discussion. The debate focussed on the relations between the different NGOs and the volunteers. We started with writing down different wishes of both Read more about Annual planning meeting RUCE[…]