"I am very thankful that I got in contact with Peter and Daphne who took care of me for five months."

"Normally, I was going to do my internship in Cape Town. Unfortunately, they cancelled last minute. My school supervisor brought me in contact with Daphne and Peter. I couldn’t have been happier! I didn’t have much time left and they arranged a new internship for me. One that that suited me and my studies. That’s how I got in contact with Erica House.

Erica House
Erica House is a place of safety for babies, toddlers, children, and teenagers. They stay there for 3-6 months, sometimes longer. I worked with the older girls as a social worker. I was welcomed with open arms by the staff of Erica House. I was allocated with 3 files. I familiarized myself with these files and tried to know the clients. But I didn’t only work with the girls individually, I also did group activities. I had a lot of freedom but I always checked and communicated with my supervisor. I spent a lot of time with the babies and boys too. I was part of everything happening at Erica House. Sometimes it was a little bit overwhelming so it was really helpful that I could debrief with my supervisor.

What were the activities?
I worked with the files, I organized activities, I played and helped out with the younger children, I communicated with the staff, the parents, the external social workers, ... I did quite a lot! But I couldn’t have done it without the help and the support of the center manager Ms. Hearne, my supervisor Mrs. Davids, the other staff members and my lovely host family, Peter and Daphne. They taught me, helped me, supported me and took care of me, which I am forever grateful for.

I am very thankful that I got in contact with Peter and Daphne who took care of me for five months. They treated me like one of their own children. They arranged everything for me. From my internship to renting a car to accommodation for my friends. The food was delicious, the stories where funny and touching, the house was really ‘my’ house. These people are the sweetest!"

Name: Ine Mathuvis
Country: Belgium
Volunteer in: 1 February to 19 June 2017

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