Friday, 13 September 2013

Volunteers Continue Building Classroom in Rural South Africa

The Winter season is pretty much over here in Chintsa (and the heat has already hit!). We've enjoyed a huge amount of support from International Student Volunteers (ISV) on our Community Development projects where enthusiastic and committed hands have made huge progress on the building project at Silatsha School in the Eastern Cape, as well as other community based projects. 

To read the original two blog posts about the building project in Silatsha click on the following links: "Volunteers Build New Classroom in Rural School" and "Volunteers Continue Rural Building Project".

This final group of ISV volunteers worked really hard and were able to really make an impact on the building work. Check out what they got up to:

1. Completed building the walls of the new classroom - the volunteers went through so many bricks that eventually we had to get the professionals in to complete the walls to avoid accidents working at heights. The volunteers carriedon helping with the buidling by mixing and carrying cement - a huge job!

Building the classroom up one course at a time!

Mixing the concrete as well as laying bricks for
the building work -almost at the top!

The group completed the walls as far as was
safely possible - well done :)
2. Built a retaining wall in front of the new classroom

Building the retaining wall in front of
the classroom
3. Repaired and re-painted the school jungle gym which was in need of tlc. This painting was done with all the paint which was left over from this Winters previous projects (very sustainable!) and the group had a ball designing jungle gym with such a range of fun colours

4. Planted some trees in the school grounds for beautification purposes

We want to say a HUGE thanks to ISV for their support this Winter season, to the volunteers who have put so much energy into the Community Development Projects in Chintsa and ISV co-ordinator Katie for being such a huge help whilst here in Chintsa; both with the volunteers, providing photos and updates on project progress and being an all around star!

Thanks guys!

Here's to next season!


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