Testimonial from Cheryl Martin
I chose to come as a volunteer but felt that I would get more satisfaction from the experience if I had a “project” to work on. As a teacher of many years, I was looking to get back to the “grass roots” of teaching by working with children in an entyrely different situation than back home. Also I thought I may have a few ideas from my own experience to help out with the projects. Although I have done leadership training and community projects in the past, I thought that doing such work in an entyrely different context would broaden my experience. It certainly did that. On a personal level I have had the opportunity to travel, experience different cultures and live with people from a range of backgrounds and cultures. On a professional level I have had a complete career change. I came to Cape Town as an intern in 2011 and I am still here. In fact, I now train and mentor the interns! As an intern, I was impressed with enthusiasm of the staff and their desire to continually develop the projects. My project was to set up our Grade R site for volunteers. It’s been great to be able to see this project continue to develop since then. The Internship allowed me to have experiences in an entyrely different situation than in my job as a teacher at home and one thing about working here...every day is different!
- Cheryl Martin