Ambivalence Time with Grade 3 African Angels


What I admired most about Aunty Ali was her ability to make an academic lesson out of most life experiences.  At the end of my first week, as the students writing lesson, she instructed them to write 8 sentences to me in a “Thank You” letter.


When Awonke finished his assignment, he wrote me an additional private note.  He told me to read it right away, because he needed a favor.  The note was asking me to make a copy of the photograph I took of him so he could give it to his mother.  For this reason, I decided to make a copy for each of the students.  I was able to give it to them during my second week and I wrote a personal message on the back to each of them.


My time with Grade 3 African Angels was both rewarding and challenging, but most of all enlightening.  I’ll always carry the Grade 3 African Angels in my heart.

During our Farewell Gathering I took a picture with each of them; with the exception of three (3), who had been suspended for continuous misbehavior (Akha, Imvana and Indi).  They presented me with a Thank You card where each of them wrote something to me.  What impressed me the most was it included the three that were on suspension.  How did they do that?

Aunty Ali – “I am so glad you were chosen to spend time in our class.  We had a blast.  Thank you for all you did with the kids in Grade 3.”

Akha – “I love you so much like sweet chocolate.”

Imvana – “Thank you Aunty Dee.”

Indi – “I love you so much, because you did work for me.  I love you like a sky.  I will not forget you for ever.  You are God to me.”

Amahle – “You are my one and only friend that I will not forget in my life.  We love you in Grade 3.  I will not forget how wonderful you are in my life.  You are like a sky with birds to me.”


Lutho – “I love you very much.  I wish you don’t go.”


Owam – “Thank you for helping me with my work.  I love.”


Thabisile – “Thank you for being such a wonderful person.  You are the star I like very much.  I love you.”


Awonke – “Thank you.”


Hlomla – “I love you, Aunty Dee.  I miss you.”


Okuhle – “Love from Okuhle”


Phumlisa – “Thanks for everything.”


Sim – “Thank You”


Just like they thanked me, I want to thank each of them for the experience.  I will miss all of them and will be praying that each of them achieve their full potential in life.


My last shot of the African Angels

Resources at African Angels

I was most impressed with the resources available to the children at African Angels.

They receive traditional dance lessons from Yiva Mpatana, who lives in Chintsa Village.

They receive yoga lessons called “Wiggles.”

They receive recorder lessons.


They have community volunteers that come in just to spend time with them.


African Angels Independent School

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As Volunteer Interns, we worked in two different projects: African Angels Independent School in Chintsa Gwegwesha Day Care Center in Mzwini African Angels is a non-profit organization based in Chintsa in the Eastern Cape of South Africa that provides quality … Continue reading

Our Agency – African Heartland Journey – Volunteer Africa 32 South

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Our tour in Chintsa was guided through African Heartland Journey, which was founded in 2001 by Sean Price and Michael Denison. Sean and Mike’s enthusiasm and passion for South Africa’s environment, especially the rugged and remote coastline of the Wild Coast, … Continue reading

Our 3rd Destination – Chintsa, South Africa

We arrived at our third destination, Chintsa (formerly known as Cintsa) on October 05 2013.

Chintsa is a village in the Wild Coast region of the Eastern Cape province.  It is situated 38 km north-east from East London, at the mouth of the Cintsa river.  The village is in Xhosa country.  It has a laid-back atmosphere with low-cost accommodation and unspoiled white sand beaches, backed by forested dunes, lagoons and rivers.