My time in South Africa is has come to an end. Working as a teaching assistant for AIMSSEC the past 3 months was an incredible opportunity and experience that I am extremely grateful for. I would like to thank my coworkers Barrie, Najwa, Virgenia, Lindiwe, Sinobia and Macdonald for making me feel part of the AIMSSEC family; I wish the team all the best for the upcoming teacher development course in January. The photo below is my last day at work with Najwa, Virginia and Barrie treating me to a cake for breakfast…. Delicious!

At the end of my trip, I was fortunate enough to have a week off to travel up the coast on a camping, surfing, hiking and safari trip. Witnessing a lion and her cubs hunting a heard of buffalo in Addo National Park was easily a trip highlight, and later the same day surfed with dolphins within reach at Jeffrey’s Bay. A few days later I passed over Bloukrans Bridge and did the world’s highest bridge bungee jump, another memorable moment of the trip. Camping and surfing up the west coast in Lamberts Bay and Elands Bay furthered my consensus that South Africa has preserved its natural rugged landscape – you don’t have to look far to have empty beaches, campsites, and hiking trails all to yourself. The feeling of being in places that are seemingly unexplored was my favorite part of travelling around the country. The photos below are from my time exploring the country, all shot on a disposable film camera.

Now I am back in Victoria for my final semester of school. The time I had in South Africa has consolidated my post-university ambition to pursue opportunities in developing countries regarding the improvement of education, health care and economic opportunities. Certainly, this experience has opened many doors and will act as a stepping stone for my future endeavors. As such, a final thanks to CAPI and the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Program for supporting my internship – I consider myself very lucky, so thank you.