Local Coordinator ++ Volunteer ++ Internship ++ Namibia
Say Hi to Your Local Coordinator in Namibia!
Meet our local coordinator who will help make your stay in Namibia the fullest it can possibly be!
We would like to briefly introduce the team from our partner office in the Namibia. Agnes and Her Colleagues will help you in your volunteer project or internship placement and organization. They will gladly share their inside knowledge with you - and help make your time as globetrotter become the highlight of your life!
Agnes comes from beautiful Austria and is what you call a globetrotter. She traveled to every continent - but lost her heart in Africa. In Namibia, she found her personal fulfillment. Always with an honest smile on her lips, Agnes helps with her project children who need support. To keep her own balance in this hard work, she takes the time to read, to knit or to play with her dogs.
Where Are You From Originally?
I am from Austria, Vienna and moved to Namibia in 2007.
When Did You Start Providing Internships and Volunteer Travels?
Since 2012 we are accommodating volunteers at Mammadu, as Mammadu only opened as a center for orphans and vulnerable children in 2011.
Where Else Have You Traveled So Far?
I personally traveled a lot, whole Europe, USA, Central and South America and Africa
What is Your Interests in General?
People, mostly children, deserts or space but I love good food too.
What Do You Love about Your Job?
It is life fulfilling and it makes me happy to see 'my' kids growing healthy and in a safe place giving them a chance for their future.
What Do You Dislike about Your Job?
What Do You Want to Show Us about Your (New) Home Country?
Actually everything, Namibia is such a wonderful country, but mostly my children. It's very important for volunteers to understand where these kids come from.
How is Your Daily Life Going?
Wake up at 5:30, a bit of reading as I'm very slow in the morning. Gym for an hour just to keep fit and healthy for the kids and then all the commissions, like buying food, ministries for financial assistance, schools for school fees, getting some of the bikes fixed, getting new keys as some got lost and so on, sorting out my emails, preparing the documents for bookkeeper, paying invoices and salaries and latest by 13 pm a try to be at the projects place as that is lunchtime and its the busiest moment of the day and after the kids have to do their homework and there are never enough people to help them with that. Coming home by 5 pm, feeding my animals, 3 dogs, 2 cats, finishing my emails and what came up during the day, dinner for my husband.
What Do You Do at Home to Relax Your Mind?
Read and knit, which gives me balance and serenity.
Outdoor Activities You Love to Do?
Playing with the kids, walking my dogs, doing gardening in my garden.
Any Personal Future Plans You Don't Mind Sharing?
Next year I will increase from 40 kids to at least 50 so that I can help more children need for another teacher, a bigger bus... If we have enough money built a kind of hostel to accommodate children who have true problems at home.
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