Angelica came all the way from Sweden to be a volunteer at Sullivan Primary School.
|Angelica sitting alone, waiting for her athletes.
I met Angelica Ohrn, a Swedish volunteer at Sullivan Primary School. Angelica is one of the Dreams to Reality volunteers. Like her peers, she has travelled to South Africa at her own expense, to do voluntary community work. She works as a sports coach at the school, the area that she had chosen to offer her skills. It was Friday afternoon and she was waiting for her cross-country runners.
"I will be spending five weeks volunteering. I really love the place, the children and the new friends I am meeting at Dreams for Reality. When I go back home, I will go and study,''said a bubbly Angelica.
Soon after one of Angelica's runners arrived, ready for the race in his school colours.
|Angelica and one of her cross-country athletes.
When volunteers like Angelica come along, they imbue the schools with youthful freshness and help to strengthen the sports and arts programmes at the schools. The volunteers themselves benefit tremendously from the lived experience of working and building relationships with their host communities.
|Angelica posing in the school foyer.