South Africa: Inner-City Team’s Highlight video

Durban, South Africa: What I will miss 

Over the last 10 weeks, I have been leading a team in Durban, South Africa and we have been volunteering in unregistered Creches in the inner-city. I’ve had the most incredible time and here are a few things I will miss:

– My amazing team of 6 girls


– Building relationship and working with the creche owners and teachers

– Glenridge church

– Beautiful sights

– Waking up to a view of the city of Durban

-Being able to go bare foot all the time

-Hippo hide hostel

– Walking into the Creches where a group of children run up to you to give you a massive hug


– Being creative in the Creches

– Children dancing and singing for assembly time

– The amazing beach

– The inspiring and joyful people around me

– City Celebration crew

– South African accent

– Learning IsiZulu

– Appreciation from the creche teachers


– South African words – braai, robots, just now, lekker, Eish, yebo, ibo,

– Clicks from the Zulu language

– Dancing with my team

– Aromat on food

– Cheap Nandos meals

– Chaka Laka

– Loud taxi rides

– Friendly South Africans

– Amazing animals


South African Zulu cultural differences

From living and working alongside natives in Durban, SA, for the last few months, I have noticed several cultural difference. Some of these are interesting comparison to the UK; others I have found challenging while being in Durban.

– Parents have to pay for their children to go to crèche or school, unless the family lives on the farm. (Approx. 700R per term for crèche and 1800R per year for secondary school).

– Children can only move onto the next grade if they have passed their exams.

– The main qualifications that are taken are ‘matrice’.

-Grade R (5-6 year olds) are taught in Creches.

– There are many unregistered Creches around the city.

– It cost around 250R – 300R to visit a doctor plus paying for medication.

– Zulu people eat huge potions consisting of lots of carbs and meat.

– They are not restricted by time so transport will not be kept to schedule.

– Taxis are transport that are mini-vans that fit as many people as possible in them with loud, pumping music with no set route.

– Traffic lights are called robots and don’t always work so you have to cross at your own risk.

– The girls like to shower together.

– The girls like to change their hair regularly.

– Zulu dancing is usually done to a drum beat and includes lots of high kicks.

– There is still a divide between white and black people.

– In the centre of Durban, you will only see black people walking around.

– Airtime is brought for mobile phones to get internet.

– In general, British people are more sensitive and show more emotion than Zulu people.

– Girls like to change their hairstyle  every month.

– UK show more expressive non-verbal communication

– They like to eat there meal in silence.

– ‘If’ is a negative word.

– They eat braai’s in SA, whereas it is BBQ in the UK.

– Just now means at some point in the future.

– The Isizulu language has clicks (it’s so cool)

– Food is an important part of the culture.

-Men give cows to the parents of the women they want to marry.

– Men can have as many wives as they can afford.

-There are many cultural traditions.

– Men will ask you to marry them on the streets.

Durban: Tala games reserve

On our last day in Durban, South Africa, we got the change to go to Tala games reserve.We enjoyed a safari ride around the park to admire all the wild animals and relax by the pool. While driving around, I loved hanging out of the taxi mini van and snapping shots of God’s incredible scenes and creatures.

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Durban: Moses Mabhida Stadium and segways 


I heart market

On one of the last Saturday’s of our placement in Durban, we trekked it to the Moses Mabhida Stadium, which was built for the World Cup in South Africa a few years ago.


Moses Mabhida Stadium

The architecture of the stadium was amazing with an arch right over the stadium. We strolled around until we found the ‘I heart market’, which happens on the first Saturday of each month. I was slightly disappointed in the market. It was aimed at tourists, which meant it was more expensive. It had different stalls: food, clothes, jewellery and souvenirs. It’s not a typical african market.


Jumping off the stadium

Earlier that week, I found out that you could jump off the stadium into a big rush swing. I like to take every opportunity I can and push myself out of my comfort zone. Therefore, I was on a mission to do this. Initially, it didn’t worry me. I got into the safety gear, climbed the stairs up to the top of the stadium with others doing this crazy thing. The views from the top were beautiful, seeing a panoramic view of the city of Durban. I was about the third person to do the jump. Slowly, I climbed down the wobbly steps to the platform. I was attached to a zip wire. The guys transfered my safety buckle to the rope hanging from the top of the stadium. Pulling the rope back with my feet at the edge, the two men quickly counted down from 3. 3… 2… 1… I was off. I was falling. I was embracing the feeling with my eyes wide open. It felt in a way I was going in slow motion. Wow! Such a great feeling. After, I was dangling there admiring the view while being pulled up to the platform. I struggled to my feet as I stood on the planks back to the ladder.

After I met some of my team to go segwaying along the beach. I had never done this before. Once we had the initial briefing, where the guide made it sound difficult, I was on the Segway. Pushing the bar to move. It was so easy to operate. I was speeding in and out of people. We saw the beautiful views of the beach, while riding along; up and down steep ramp and along the pier. This was quite narrow and going at quite a speed, I crashed into another person, falling off my Segway. It was hilarious.  I loved segwaying! IMG_1954

We ended the day with an ice-cream, sitting on the beach with monkeys running around.

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