Meet Our Volunteers


The success Born In Africa has enjoyed so far is only possible thanks to our wonderful volunteers and the work that they are doing. As a volunteer in South Africa, you will be given the opportunity to help our children in the schools and offer administrative assistance in our office. Thanks to you, the BIA children will be given a better education, which will lead to better future opportunities.

Become a volunteer

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If you’re interested in contributing to our organisation or would like more information, please fill in the application form and we will contact you as soon as possible.

Born in Africa would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to all our volunteers for their commitment (and time) in aiding the BIA team in South-Africa. Their support is an integral component of our organization!

 

Our volunteers of 2020

2020: Amber Wittouck, Franziska Karrenbrock, Selina Billet, Julie Vandeput, Diete Lezy, Shauni Dekeyzer, Steffie Van Cauwenberghe

IMG 20200226 WA0063 MediumAmber Wittouck
Belgian volunteer, January until March 2020

I’m Amber Wittouck, 21 years old and I come from Belgium. I finished my studies occupational therapy and decided to volunteer for 6 months at Born in Africa. I work in The Crags Primary school with Franziska, together we help the children that have difficulties in class, and we discuss lots of subjects with the children like feminism, health, social media... in the afternoon classes. We really enjoy our time here in The Crags!

IMG 20200210 WA0011 MediumDiete Lezy
Intern from HoWest Hogeschool, January until March 2020

Hi, I am Diete Lezy from Belgium. I am 20 years old and now performing my internship at BIA as Bachelor in Applied Psychology. I work in the primary school in Kranshoek and every morning and in Born in Africa’s Educational centre after school. In the mornings, I help children with maths and English. In the afternoons I work with the BIA- children on expressing their emotions, social media, health and movement. You can find me in the library or computer lab too sometimes. I really enjoy working with the kids.

IMG 20200220 WA41Franziska Karrenbrock
German volunteer, January until March 2020

I am Franziska, an 18- year old girl from Germany. I came to South-Africa to help children educationally. Together with Amber I volunteer at the Crags Primary School to support the teachers there and help the kids that need a little more support. After school we teach our BIA kids all about different topics throughout games. I will be staying for a total of three months and love working with these children.

IMG 1767 MediumSelina Billet
Swiss volunteer, January until March 2020

Hey! My name is Selina Billet, I’m 19 years old and decided to volunteer with Born in Africa after my parents had been godparents of a girl for many years. Looking back, it was the best decision! I loved working with the kids at Harkerville school, being able to help them is so rewarding! I also organized computer classes after school at the educational centre. I enjoyed every second and will miss South Africa and all children!

IMG 1732 MediumJulie Vandeput
Intern from PXL Hogeschool, January until March 2020

Hi, I’m Julie Vandeput, 3rd year student Social work at PXL college in Belgium. During my internship at Born in Africa, I chose to work in two schools, Wittedrift and Kranshoek. This gave me the opportunity of implementing activities from the one school in the other and vice versa. I organized a “book club” for the BIA- kids in Wittedrift, which they loved! If I could’ve stayed, I would organize computer classes to improve the children’s computer skills and arts & crafts classes to stimulate creativity and fine motoric skills. I enjoyed my time in South-Africa. I learned a lot about myself and how to work with kids.

IMG 2054 MediumShauni Dekeyzer & Steffie Vancauwenberghe
Interns from HoWest, January until March 2020

Hi, we are Shauni Dekeyzer and Steffie Vancauwenberghe, and both in our last year of Occupational Therapy at HoWest college in Belgium. We both had been dreaming of doing our internship abroad for years and together we took the step! It is a with heavy heart we leave the Born in Africa family, only 1,5 months into our 3 month– internship, but we have loads of great memories to take home! Shauni worked in the primary school of Kranshoek to assist children with maths, English and life skills. Steffie did the same at Harkerville primary school. In the afternoon, we worked at Born in Africa’s educational centre, organizing yoga and Sherborne classes for the 2nd and 3rd grade. Our goal is to increase social skills in a verbal and non-verbal way. We are also preparing the move of the library and decorating it together with the children! A new place is being created that is cosy and stimulating to read. We get so much satisfaction working with the children, which made us very happy every day. It is an experience that taught us a lot and we will remember for the rest of our lives!

IMG 20190715 WA0000Robbin Huijers
Belgian volunteer, July till August 2019

Hi there, my name is Robbin and I already was a volunteer at BIA from September '18 till February '19! I couldn't stay away for too long, so here I am again! As soon as I had the opportunity to come back, I took it. Ans how good it feels to be back! Back with the awesome BIA team, at the schools and with the lovely kids! It's fascinating to see how BIA is improving constantly, even in the short time I was gone, a lot has changed. There are computer classes in more school now, blackboards have been put up and class rooms are nicely equipped with educational materials. I feel extremely proud to be part of this amazing project!

Testimonies volunteers

Have a look at how previous volunteers experienced their stay and work at Born in Africa.

Our volunteers of the past years

2019: Olivia Martin, Dominik Geissler, Amelie Gensel, Sofie Segers, Hannah Van Caneghem, Femke Gerlo, Ulrike Vlemincx, Sina Rilling, Karen Poelman, Bodi Janssen, Nicole Catteeuw, Olivier Dhoore, Kristel Vandenschrieck, Robbin Huijers, Amber De Voecht, Hanne Valcke, Lara Van Parijs, Lisa Heubach, Ulrike Verhulst and Jonas De Nyn

2018 Demi Mullie, Laurien Namotte, Justine Peten, Melissa Hauser, Pia Gackstatter, Lilianne Van Acker, Wouter Quintens, Julie Stroobants, Anna Vollmer, Janne Gebruers, Raïssa Van Peer, Freya Weverbergh, Robbin Huijers and Marie König

2017 Sepke Stellamans, Julia Benner, Britt Goris, Lindsey Brans, Veronique Claes, Sofie Synnesael, Michele Kouws, Roxanne Caumette, Hilke Declercq, Lisa De Vos

2016 Sophie Albrecht, Jan Lorent, Marlies Augustijns, Jolien Meyssen, Jill Vanhamel, Nele Leen, Sofie Vanden Broeck, Eline Raedschelders, Job Heijnen, Taoufik Grich, Emma Reynaert, Emma Irvine

2015 Juliet Desmet, Wiebke Dorfs, Rien Claes, Frania Czekaj, Sander van den Broeck, Kilian Peire, Babette Lievens, Emeline Halleux, Laura van Ingelgom, Emma Ervine.

2014 Lore Kriekemans, Loesje Dhelft, Jolien Nijs, Virginie Boucquey, Tine Claes, Kim Carnoy, Sarah Rogiers, Veronique Claes.

2013 Rob Frans, Veronique Claes, Bart Timmermans, Karen Schaefer, Tessy Willems, Dorien van den Broeck, Dirk Verlinden, Joenah Malot, Talitha Delaere, Sara de Vleeschouwer, Lorri Sanfilippo, Charlene van Loock, Alexandra Rondas, Caroline van Mello.

2012 Caro Van der Schueren, Jasper Lauwyck, Rob Johnston, Els Casteleyn, Lotte Van Buyten, Ann Gruwier, Miet Verstraete, Gilles De Baere, Elke De Hertogh, Siyasanga Tenge, Rob Frans, Véronique Claes, Sandy Graiy, Bart Timmermans, Karen Schaefer

2011 Nele Schroyen, Sarah De Keukeleere, Anne Mertens, Katrien Vandamme, Lotte Van Buyten, Lena Schuler, Marianne Dhyon, Anne Cobussen

2010 Charlotte Houthoofd, Jozefien Heyte, Wendy Neyrinck, Lot Fonteyne, Griet Jans, Fien De Greef, Kathleen Buffels, Karl Leenknegt, Christina Jaschinski, Hayley Bicknell, Anne Overlaet, Valerie Vancoppenolle, Charlotte Van Hoorebeke, Ben Daems, Sharon Willems

2009 Serena Tufo, Hannah Baets, Anneleen De Smet, Dietlinde Oppalfens, Eric Reyntjens, Sarah Biesemans, Hanne Bossuyt, Tamara Goethals, Julia Michel, Saskia Kuliga, Anika Kirchner, Kristien Seghers, Lotte Van Buyten, Charlotte Mbuyi, Jo Schellen, Leentje Eeckhout, Jorgi van Hoof, Elke De Hertogh, Gerlinde De Boodt, Joke Gils, Lieve Poppe

2008 Krista Vleeschouwers, Mireille Vanhoutryve, Elena Hage, Inge Mommaerts, Kathleen Hufkens, Patrick van Herp, Veerle De Roeck, Fiona Klomp, Katrien Verhoogen, Laura Vereecken, Dianne Dijkstra, Iris Vande Velde

2007 Pieter-Alexander Van Aken, Jan Boone, Joke Goedweeck, Sarah Vleugels, Liesbeth Van de Velde, Evi Uylenbroeck, Els Van der Haegen, Pieter Thys, Marc Schooneman, Nienke Van Geesbergen, Erik Elderman, Jana Govaerts

2006 Anke Decabooter, Elke IJzerman, Greet Van Dooren, Marjan Klingels, Seppe Declerq, Sylvie Morel, Yo Breynaert, Lut Vergauwen, Irène Franck, Sahin Toch, Céline Van de Weghe, Jeroen Vercruysse, Katleen Noels, Sascha Reunes, Bianca Hagen, Katrien Mostmans, Nathalie Jochems

2005 Hans Antonise, Inge Van Ammel, Pieter Story, Joke Smissaert, Pauline Nsanze, Elke IJzerman, Katrien Keppens, Katrien Piesens, Nina Hollanders, Doenja Goudsmedt, Inez de gryze, Joke Donderwolcke, Leen Boeykens

2004 Anneke Gerbrands, Karin Haeverans, Trientsje Van de Meer, Willemien Hoogerwaard, Yvette Westhoff, Barbara Vandenbroucke, Bart Van cauwenbergh, Dagmar Zwebe, Marije van den Hove

2003 Tiene Moenaert, Stijn Ingelaere, Sofie Wieërs, Lieve Platteau, Peter Peusens, Guy Capals, Joke Sweygers, Tim Steenwegen, Catherine Antoine, Patricia van der Beek, Steven Sergeant