My name is Mary Wagland and I am 17 years old. I am from England and I’ve always had the desire to travel, South Africa being high on my list so when I saw this programme I immediately signed up. I’ve had an incredible time seeing a new place and experiencing things that I otherwise wouldn’t have been involved in. This programme allowed me to go into a school within a township and teach sports and drama lessons to the children within the community. The children were highly receptive and surprisingly understanding despite the language barrier, often one child who could understand more English would translate what we were saying to the other kids. This was really helpful and we appreciated the help. Teaching the children despite the short length of time, felt worthwhile and meaningful. I feel like I made a difference regardless of the magnitude. Regardless to say I had an amazing trip and it has inspired me to return back to Africa for further volunteering.