Two volunteers from Siavonga Nutrition group had an opportunity to visit discovery in Swansea Wales for two weeks, courtesy of the Abseil winning team, Swansea University Students Support Services. Having worked on the Swansea Siavonga Partnership for several years Ceaser and Michelo were ideal candidates to be selected for the exchange visit. Their visit was mainly to see what projects Discovery run and get many more information that could be of help to the Swansea-Siavonga Partnership in Siavonga. They have been staying at the student’s village and had an experience of student life in the UK.
Ceaser and Michelo visited three schools under the schools linking project which include Hafod Primary school, Ysgol Pen-y-Bryn special needs school and Pengelli Primary School – the newest link in the Partnerships School Linking programme, which now has 13 schools in each country.
They had so much to learn – many differences were spotted between Zambian and UK schools. They also visited projects that work with people with learning disabilities. These include the Circus Eruption, Swansea-People First and the Supported Volunteers’ Scheme project. The Gardening and Decorating project, and Sketty Park youth club were among the Discovery projects visited. Ceaser and Michelo attended volunteer training to know what it takes to be a Discovery volunteer. In addition to this, they attended the supported volunteering schemes training and the disability and autism awareness training.
They also spent some time at the Student Support Services department to see how they help students at the university. They heard from the International Students department, the Disability department and the Finance department.
Much as they had lots of work to do they also had an opportunity to go to Mumbles, Langland Bay, Wind Street, meet up with old friends and see Swansea city at large. Their two weeks Swansea visit ended on Saturday 31st October 2015, after a visit to the Seventh Day Adventist church, where we hope to establish yet another link, and a farewell meal. We look forward to seeing the fruits of their visit back in Siavonga.