„My experience as a handball volunteer!”
Cape Town, 2018-02-08: Simon is since 4 month a volunteer with PLAY HANDBALL ZA in partnership with Learning in Reach in Lavender Hill, a disadvantage area in the Cape Flats of Cape Town. He is teaching Handball at 4 Primary Schools (Zerilda Park, Hillwood, Levana, Prince George).
Why is handball important for you and what did it gave/ gives you?
|I play since I can walk handball. Live skills such as teamwork, discipline, friendships, competition, fun, emotions are part of handball for me
|How did you heard about PLAY HANDBALL ZA?
|Why did you decided to become a Handball Volunteer in South Africa?
|Opportunity to go a year abroad with my favourite hobby in a beautiful country, to open my mind, make experience
|Tell us something about your volunteer experience so far?
|I saw different sides of Cape Town, kind and great people, lovely children, a lot of fun, but it’s a big challenge because the most people hear about handball for the first time, not a lot equipment and sportive infrastructure, but people are driven to change something
|What was the most memorable experience?
|Play Handball Supercup at DSK, 3 days Handball tournament in Eendekuil, meet all other host families, walking through the schoolyard and get hugged from the kids
|What was the greatest challenge until now?
|South African timeliness, children in school only speaking Afrikaans, new country, culture, and attitude of live
|How do you experience the handball coaching at school/community?
|The people are happy that somebody does sport and makes the children smile, kids are interested and enjoying it
|Do you think your work has an impact?
|In short-term yes, but I am not sure about the long-term impact. In the first lessons we did ball skills. A girl even didn’t try it. On ano-ther day she participated and was even the best in ball skills, I hope it has an impact. To start small things like a tournament and seeing kids playing handball who hasn’t heard of it before gives hope.
|How is the life with a local South African host family?
|Different but full of fun, nice food, nice music, nice people
|Any other comments or sentiments you’d like to share
|Become a Volunteer to make a difference and enjoy a beautiful country