We caught up with Bath University second-year psychology student Nele, on her return from volunteering at Nkosi’s Haven in South Africa over the summer.
“I had quite a lot to do, there were different ways to handle the whole situation. I went with a ‘I can’ attitude, which gave me the motivation to find something to do that would benefit both sides.
Nele was able to work with other volunteers in creating a workshop for the children at the centre:
Nele was also able to go outside of Nkosi’s Haven to see how other NGOs function in the country; We organised and went to a creche in Soweto so we made use of the time and we explored South Africa and Johannesburg, it was a great experience and I loved every second of it.
The day trips were a great idea, every time we did one I had an amazing time. Gail organised for us to see the Teddy Bear Clinic which was incredibly interesting and it was really nice to see how other organisations in South Africa work.
“Gail is one of the most hardworking women I have ever met, everyone knew who she was. I was really really attached to the kids and loved building something that will last.”
I think psychology can be involved under very specific circumstances, we’ve seen the places that Nkosi’s works with, which could definitely involve psychology aspects like, life skills workshops and psychology workshops.
We suggested things like movie nights and dance nights to help boost the children’s self-esteem. There is also opportunity to participate in play and art therapy.
“I cried when I left, it really is what you make of it. I loved working for a project that is doing such good work in the community”
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