There is so much to love about South Africa, from the friendly and warm people to the beautiful landscapes, sunshine, and clean air. Claire Ford, a volunteer from the UK working in South Africa, soon realised this after her stay in the country, and now considers South Africa to be her “other home.”
Claire came to South Africa as a volunteer at the Ilamula House orphanage in Mid Ennerdale, set up by the Winnie Mabaso Foundation.
The orphanage cares for vulnerable and abused female children. Coming to South Africa was an entirely new and different experience for Claire. She had never been to the continent before, nor had she done any volunteer work.
Claire admits that experience in the country proved that her prior perception of the country was incorrect on many accounts, Breifly.co.za learned.
She found that the conditions of the orphanage were better than she had imagined and the attitudes of the people she met were positive and friendly, rather that sad and depleted.
She spent her days helping out wherever she could and hanging out with the girls at Ilamula. She also ventured into the Meriting Village, a squatter camp in Gauteng that is also supported by the Winnie Mabaso Foundation.
Claire fondly recalls hanging out with the gogos in the village, saying she had never laughed that much before.
She enjoyed her time in sunny South Africa so much that she plans to return to the country in a few months, and has already booked her tickets.
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