Dear Western Cape Scouting families,
Over the past few years we have had the privilege of welcoming a number of German volunteers who assisted at the National and Western Cape Office and shop, whilst also joined Scout Groups and helped out at local Scouting events.
Jana and Christian’s time here will soon be coming to an end. It has been a wonderful experience to have them here. This also means that we will be welcoming two new volunteers namely Jula and Paul as from the 1st of August 2019. They have both grown up in Scouting and are very keen to get involved and learn more about SA Scouting, to explore Cape Town and to meet the lovely people they have heard so much about from former volunteers.
Two host families needed
Whilst volunteering for SSA, they will both need a home. Preferably in the vicinity of Claremont/Rondebosch, however a bit further away is possible provided they would have access to public transport nearby.
We are looking for families who can offer Jula or Paul a home for a period of 6 months or for the complete 12 months. This time frame can be adjusted as needed. For example, if you feel you can offer them a home for longer, then that period can be extended, if you feel that 6 months is sufficient then we can find alternative accommodation for them.
Both volunteers will be able to contribute R3000 a month for accommodation and board (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
If you can help, please email email@example.com as soon as possible with the subject line “a home for our volunteers”.
Jula is 19 years old and the third of four children. She lives with her family in Dortmund, a city in the Ruhr area of Germany. She loves playing her guitar, spending time with friends and above all Scouting.
“Being a Scout is my passion. I spend most of my free time with my Troop and with the Rovers. I also meet and look after smaller kids aged six to ten, called the “Wölflinge”. In addition to the weekly meeting, we also go camping, do social projects, make trips or just have nice evenings at the campfire. At first I only went there for my own Troop, because I just had fun playing and doing good things for the environment and meeting my friends. Now, the people in Scouting have become a second family to me. This is what only a Scout can feel: the feeling of a community which is like a great family around the globe.
I have met Scouts from different nations. Because of that I found out that although if there are differences between the nations and groups, we, all the different Scout Groups, exist because of the idea of one man: Robert Baden-Powell.
This is what inspired me to spend one year with Scouts in another country. I chose South Africa as it is such an interesting country. Since childhood I have been so fascinated by the nature and the animals which are very different in Europe. I am really thankful to have the chance to spend one year at your Scout office and I am already very excited to meet you in August.”
Paul will have just turned 18 before he arrives in Cape Town. He lives with his family in Willstaett, a German village near the French border. He loves acting in theatre productions, travelling but above all Scouting.
“Scouting is a big part of my life. I’ve been in Scouting for nearly ten years now. At the moment I´m a group leader of the “Jungpfadfinder“, being children between ten and thirteen years old. I do this because I like to be a part of the children’s learning process. We play games together, learn about the beauty of nature and friendship, and develop their social- and scout skills. In addition to this I am also an active member of my own Rover group!
To be a scout is not only an extraordinary hobby, it’s also the chance to be a part of a movement that stands for higher values, like equality and peace. If you´re a scout, then you´re not alone. You have millions of sisters and brothers all around the globe. It´s not only about learning, it’s also about experiences. So to experience the real impact of this movement and to be a part of it, I wanted to volunteer for an organization I can identify with. I am also looking forward to visiting South-Africa, because of the diverse nature and cultures! So I´m very happy and thankful to get the opportunity to volunteer with SCOUTS SA!”
If you can offer one of these young volunteers a home in Cape Town for 6 to 12 months from the 1st of of August please email firstname.lastname@example.org.