“I’ve learnt that most things are possible if you put your mind to them. Getting around Zambia in a wheelchair was a challenge at times, but with the help of other members of the group, I managed to do everything I was hoping to. I hope to work for the Foreign Office or an international NGO after leaving university, and believe Volunteer Zambia will improve my chances of getting this type of job. I would encourage other students to get involved, as they certainly won’t regret it! Volunteer Zambia has been one of the best experiences of my life and seeing just how grateful the players are really makes it worthwhile.”
“The overwhelming aura of community is contagious, there is a general sense of ‘tough love’ but in my opinion this breeds resilient youngsters and as a result strong independent young adults. The opportunity I had as the staff member for the UKSport IDEALS project is an extremely unique one and I cannot thank both the Wallace Group and UKSport enough. Thank you for a once in a lifetime opportunity I will treasure the memories!”
“Zambia was a life-changing experience for me. I will never forget the opportunities I had, the friendships I made and the children I coached. It will always be close to my heart.”
“My experience went beyond my expectations- it was undeniably amazing but I didn’t expect to become so rooted in Zambia. I really did not want to leave by the end of the 2 months. Some of the people I met in Zambia are by far the happiest people I know and that was inspirational.”
"My most treasured moment as a peer leader was when I worked with a young boy called Happy Gondwe. One day I had to leave him in charge of the group and when I came back I could have dropped tears because he used some of my words and gestures to successfully run the activities. This experience has made a great impact on my life as I have realised that the things I do, I have great impact on the lives of the youths I work with and those that on me in my community."
"When I go for PE I can get my mind off a lot of things, it really refreshes my mind. I learn a lot of things when I go for PE because its not all about having fun and keeping fit, we learn a lot on HIV & AIDS, drugs and substance abuse and what our rights are as children."
"I would like to be a soccer trainer and join Sport In Action to teach my friends the dangers of HIV and AIDS, drugs abuse because what I have learnt here I want to share."
"I used to try and segregate myself from others but sport has made me find my true self, ever cheered with laughter and friends."
"We have to help John with gardening before training so he comes to play with us."
"I am home when I’m at Sport In Action because all the coaches are extraordinary. They don’t only deal with sport but they also stretched out their helping hand to the community and the Nation at large."