„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?


via Facebook


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


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