Testimonial from

I took part in GVI Cape Town. I started seriously considering volunteering in early 2017, when our youth group received funding from a charity which meant we could volunteer abroad. After looking at lots of opportunities, we decided Cape Town was for us and it was time to start fundraising. We had workshops with a local artist to design our logo and make t-shirts, and we set up lots of different events to raise money - from a 70s night to a sponsored hill climb. After a year and a half of fundraising, we finally got to go on the trip of a lifetime. I've had a wonderful time in South Africa, teaching sports and doing construction. Our team has gelled so well and it's been brilliant to see everybody's strengths in action. Jack Allison and Charlotte Goodwin, our coordinators, were fantastic and really added to my enjoyment of the project. I've loved spending time with the children teaching sports in the township - I didn't think I could teach sports before I came here, but I really enjoyed my time on project and feel I've learnt and grown. During construction, I've loved watching rooms being transformed into bright, colourful spaces with fresh paint, murals, and refurbished furniture. It feels great knowing I took part in such an amazing project, and managed to make a difference in the community as well as leaving something permanent behind. Overall, my time in Cape Town has taught me so much about myself and has allowed me to take part in activities I never thought I was capable of. I've loved working in the community and making a change, and I've had so much fun along the way. I'd thoroughly recommend GVI Cape Town, and I'd love to go on another GVI programme and help even more!

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