Seven LJMU Sport Science students took part in the Sports Development Project in South Africa from June 5th. Liam Parkinson, Liam Molloy, Louis-Miles Rimmer-Tagoe, Chris Dougherty, Tobi Akinshipo and Antonio Aguilar spent two weeks on the project, while Jennifer Shelton spent four weeks on the project. Each of them had the trip funded by the LJMU Go Global Fund, wanting to put their Sporting backgrounds to good use by volunteering in the community of St Lucia in Cape Town.
Jen - Interacting with so many people from all over the world. Living and volunteering together in Cape Town meant we all became so close, it was like a little family. It was so interesting to get to know people in that environment, I will definitely keep in touch with so many people I have met. The same goes for the African Impact staff and the partner organizations we worked with during my time there. A personal highlight was hiking table mountain, the weather was perfect and the views were breathtaking.
Liam - So hard to chose one specific moment or event. I think just being in South Africa, experiencing the culture, seeing how beautiful it is and sharing the experience with a group of incredible people.
Jen - I feel as though I have learned a great deal about myself personally and the experience has created such a positive influence on my outlook to life in general. I feel much more confident in my own abilities and I feel this will help me with future studies and/or employment. I would consider a career in teaching if I were to continue my studies past degree level, due to my experiences in Cape Town.
Liam - It has affected my studies positively and I feel enlightened. It’s amazing how travelling and experiencing a new culture can have such a dramatic impact in such a short space of time.
Jen - I would 100% recommend this to any student, as it is such a life changing experience that is a once in a lifetime opportunity. You learn so much about yourself, as well as impacting positively on disadvantaged communities. The friends you make are for life, and everyday is fun, new and exciting.
Liam - Yes I would massively recommend the trip to anyone at LJMU. One of the best experiences of my life. It is really an incredible privilege and experience all made possible by the Go Global Fund.
Please note, the views expressed here represent the author not Liverpool John Moores University.