Johanna Gustafsson from Sweden recently volunteered at Antelope Park and was so touched by her time spent in the community that she wanted to share her experience:
'During the past three weeks that I have spent with the community projects, I have had the chance to meet the children at the ALERT Education Centre (AEC), Mkoba 4 Primary School, the Drop-in Centre and Midlands Children's Hope Centre, as well as Midlands Children's Home (Rosedale).
At the AEC I've assisted the teacher and helped teach in two lessons. I not sure who learnt the most - me or the kids! We talked about the classification of animals and how you divide them in to different groups.
At Mkoba 4 Primary School I've had so much fun. I've made many new friends with the students from the Special Needs class, as well as the children I met at the AEC.
The Drop-in Centre has been the best thing about my trip. To see how the children live on the streets is heart-breaking, but then having the opportunity to get to know them during each of my visits, to play and see how happy they are despite their situation, is very special. The best thing was to be recognised during our visits to town on a Saturday. To hear your name called out and see the boys waving makes you realise that you are making a small difference in their lives. At the Drop-in Centre I've helped out with preparing the lunchtime meal, teaching maths and English and playing and singing with the kids - I'm really going to miss them.
To be a volunteer at Antelope Park has been the best thing in my whole life'.