Make Everyday A Mandela Day

by isvolunteers on Thursday, 12 March 2015

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela 

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The building begins! Volunteers prepare the foundations for a new creche! (c) International Student Volunteers

Mandela once said each individual has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better, and that if we do something worthy for another, we will not only free ourselves, but those around us. Mandela gave 67 years of public service to his country and each year South Africans pay tribute to his legacy by contributing 67 minutes on the 18th July, in a meaningful cause of their choice.

ISV seeks to make everyday a Mandela day, and as a volunteer in South Africa, you not only get to experience something for yourself, but also get to contribute towards a public service that is far greater than yourself.

It is incredible what is possible when people come together focused on a meaningful cause. Whether it is to uplift communities by building, preparing meals, educating or through sports; or taking care of flagship species in our environment, ISV works hard to create positive change in South Africa. With our time and efforts channeled into worthy areas to generate long lasting outcomes, we look to make each day better than the last, and make South Africa a better place.

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With the addition of some hand made decorations, we’re on our way to a beautiful new creche! (c) International Student Volunteers

Last season, one fantastic example of student volunteers making a combined effort to create tangible change, was at our community development project in the Yezinyawo community, Eastern Cape. Along with our local project organization, Volunteer Africa 32 South, in just eight weeks, we turned a steel shipping container on a piece of open land, into a pre-school, vegetable garden and playground – a safe, welcoming space for children.

Four groups of hardworking volunteers laid the foundations, built the walls, fixed in doors and windows, painted murals, planted vegetables, constructed a maze and dug a sandpit (plus lots more) – to create a safe, educational and inspiring place for children to learn.

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The local children are so excited to learn in their new building! (c) International Student Volunteers

As a group of people coming together, we cannot do everything and we cannot change the world in one go. But what we can do is make a difference in one place for a few people. We can inspire change, motivate communities and work towards a sustainable global shift, a ripple affect – where everyone makes everyday a Mandela day wherever they are in the world.

You can see more photos of the inspiring work completed at Mandela Park on our Facebook page!

 To learn more about ISV and our programs visit our website!

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