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Testimonial from Holcomb, Stephanie

This project was truly life changing. I read a ton of testimonies before departing for this program, and thought they were nice but they do not have a lot of meaning to you if you are still rather skeptical about the program. As I was just typing, I went to write "as soon as I arrived in South Africa I felt at home," but then I realised I read the exact same thing before leaving. But, it really is true. The program is well organized and meaningful. I never even left the country before this August, but I know I had been waiting for the perfect opportunity, and this was. When I first learnt we would be at the orphanage I was a bit nervous. I had experience working with children, but I didn't think it was enough to take to Africa with me. However, once I met the children it was impossible to feel anything but love for them. There was also no need to be nervous, they were so eager and happy to play and learn. The spirit of those children, as well as the people within the community, will stay with me forever. Aside from the amazing time I had at the orphanage on weekdays, the weekends were just as amazing. From cultural tours to wine tasting to safaris, you really cram as much experience as possible into 2 weeks. Overall, this trip was far above my expectations. I will forever remember the experiences I had and the amazing people I met.

This project was truly life changing. I read a ton of testimonies before departing for this program, and thought they were nice but they do not have a lot of meaning to you if you are still rather skeptical about the program. As I was just typing, I went to write "as soon as I arrived in South Africa I felt at home," but then I realised I read the exact same thing before leaving. But, it really is true. The program is well organized and meaningful. I never even left the country before this August, but I know I had been waiting for the perfect opportunity, and this was. When I first learnt we would be at the orphanage I was a bit nervous. I had experience working with children, but I didn't think it was enough to take to Africa with me. However, once I met the children it was impossible to feel anything but love for them. There was also no need to be nervous, they were so eager and happy to play and learn. The spirit of those children, as well as the people within the community, will stay with me forever. Aside from the amazing time I had at the orphanage on weekdays, the weekends were just as amazing. From cultural tours to wine tasting to safaris, you really cram as much experience as possible into 2 weeks. Overall, this trip was far above my expectations. I will forever remember the experiences I had and the amazing people I met.

- Holcomb, Stephanie