Although I have enjoyed every minute working with South African and English students, I made 1 best friend that would have never been possible without the scheme – Frankson, who me and my family hosted, he was so kind, polite and caring it was unreal, while during his stay we got to exchange a lot about our lives and culture. We still keep in contact and probably always will, as it was such a special experience to share. Frankson is genuinely one of the nicest people I have met.
A huge agenda was upon us as soon as the students arrived, that had been excellently organised by the leaders of the project – Mrs Lakin and Miss Longden, and we participated in events such as visits to The Trafford Centre and Anfield Football Stadium, as well as an exhausting but fun trip up into the mountains in Wales. All of the English and South African students mingled and ‘THE TEAM’ was born – a strong friendship that will always have.
Finally then, to end I would like to thank every member of the Culcheth-2-Soweto team for helping me be where I am today. I now have no trouble presenting in front of crowds, or approaching new people and making new friends – this project really has changed me as a person and, without a shadow of doubt I would recommend becoming involved with the project when you can, because you have to be committed and focused and hard-working because it can be tough at times, but boy is it worth it!