Afritwin Visit to Cape Town 2015
As many of you will be aware, we have been part of the Afritwin Programme for over 5 years now and we have been partnered with Settlers High and Hector Peterson High School in Cape Town, South Africa.
We have recently returned from our third student visit to Cape Town, where we received a very warm welcome from both of our partner schools.
Here is an account of our visit and also some reflections on the experiences of the week:
“This trip was undoubtedly the best I have been on. It was so rewarding to see the children from Enkululekweni immersing themselves in the activities we had planned, and their eagerness to learn was inspiring. We were given a very warm welcome from every school, especially Enkululekweni who gave us an emotional assembly, filled with passion and joy. The welcome at Hector Peterson was particularly emotional as we met up with Ziyanda, a girl we hosted two years ago, on the Afritwin visit to the UK. It was so clear how deeply the students valued their education, despite having few resources and limited space. The students gave us a tour of the township, Wallacedene, sharing their experience and knowledge. This allowed us to understand how it would feel to live in the area and compare their communities, and way of life, to the UK. I felt we made many strong friendships and connections. I loved the Hector Peterson students coming with us on the day trips to Robben Island, the V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain. We could tell they were enjoying themselves. They even managed to get to the airport to say a final goodbye.
Staying with our host families at Settlers High School was a really valuable experience, as we were able to witness a different way of life and culture. By the end of the week we felt as though we were a part of the family.
Overall, this visit was life changing; experiencing new cultures, making lifelong friendships and exploring the contrasting landscapes made it a trip I will never forget.”
“This week has been a life changing experience, I have met the most beautiful people and because of them I have totally changed my outlook on the world.”
“The visits to Hector Peterson High and Enkululekweni Primary were so
special, I will never forget those days and I am so thankful for them.”
“I had an amazing time staying with my host at Settlers High, and I know that we will be lifelong friends.”
“We were given a very warm welcome from every school, especially
Enkululekweni who gave us an emotional assembly, filled with passion and joy.”
“The students gave us a tour of the township, Wallacedene, sharing their experience and allowing us to understand what it would feel like to live in their community.”
“Visiting South Africa has been the most rewarding experience of my
life, and having an amazing host family was just the cherry on the cake.”
“On our walk around the township, my Hector Peterson partner, showed me the shops she visits and where she gets her hair braided so I was able to get a real feel for what her life is like.”
“I found the whole experience very emotional but it was absolutely incredible. We met such kind and genuine people.”
“When going to Hector Peterson I didn’t really know what to expect – but visiting this school was one of the most amazing experiences. When discussing problems in our local communities it made me realise how much I take for granted at home.”
“Teaching in Enkululekweni was amazing and I would love to have the opportunity to do it again. This trip has really made me think about my future and I really want to come back here to do voluntary work.”
“As well as all the activities we did with our partner schools, spending time with
our host families gave us a chance to see Settlers High School and Cape Town.
I can definitely say that from this trip I have gained a friend that I will never lose.”
“The trip to Cape Town has been a truly rewarding experience. This trip is unique as we were given the opportunity to see two completely different sides to one city.”
“Saying goodbye was difficult, but we know we have two best friends on the other side of the world.”
“I am so grateful that I was able to have this experience and it is something that I will never forget.”
“During this trip I have experienced many things and met many people. These people all have different stories and it has been a privilege to get to know them. I have enjoyed every minute of the trip and it has changed my life forever.”
“My trip to South Africa was unbelievable. I’ve heard from people who have been on this trip before how life changing it is, but I’ve never really understood it until now.”
“I really enjoyed the second half of the trip with my host family from Settlers as they were so welcoming. They took me into their family and showed me their culture.”
“The experience was just overwhelming and really hit home. I will never forget the students of Hector Peterson and Settlers High.”
“This trip has been such an eye-opener for me. I have met some amazing people and made memories I will have forever. It has been a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
“The children at Enkululekweni were the sweetest and most adorable children
ever. Experiencing their school and seeing how different it is from our primary schools and yet how eager the children are to learn, was an amazing experience.”
“This experience has really made me think about what I want to do in the future.”
AfriTwin Visit (9th – 18th February 2013)
As many of you will be aware, we have been part of the Afritwin Programme for over two years now and we have been partnered with Settlers High and Hector Peterson High School in Cape Town, South Africa.
Photo Gallery of the Cape Town Visit 2013
This year Helsby High School hopes to move closer towards gaining International School Status, with a series of exciting events involving our South African partner schools.
As many of you will be aware, we have been part of the Afritwin Programme for over two years now and we have been partnered with Settlers High and Hector Peterson High School in Cape Town. Our Sixth Form students visited South Africa in February of this year and found it a hugely rewarding experience. As well as experiencing life with their host families, they were also able to do some English teaching in a township primary school.
Due to some intensive fundraising, we were able to take students from our township partner high school on a number of cultural visits, including the District Six Museum and Robben Island. Our fundraising also bought students at Hector Peterson a range of art equipment and a selection of reading materials.
One of our most rewarding fundraising initiatives enabled us to sponsor a talented Hector Peterson student, Zwelentini Mxchego. The money our students raised has paid for school fees and accommodation for this gifted young man who has been coping with his studies whilst living under some extraordinarily difficult personal circumstances. A huge thank you goes out to all Helsby pupils and parents who have helped to support our fundraising over the past two years.
We now have a new Afritwin Action group who will be taking the fundraising further over the next academic year. We hope to welcome our South African partner schools to Helsby later this academic year.