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Testimonials from our alumni

Lara Hauf
PATERNOSTER South Africa I 2023

"I look back on six months in South Africa. Six months of sea air, village life, children laughing, children crying and a complete range of emotions. This time is difficult to remember

Put words to it, because no words are adequate enough for all the feelings, experiences and insights that I encountered here..."

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Max Schlor
PATERNOSTER South Africa I 2022

"It's Santa Claus when I'm on the phone with Max. He's finished work now and is sitting in his room with his South African host family at a summer temperature of 25 degrees "..."

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Leonie Leitner
PATERNOSTER South Africa I 2022

"On October 2nd, 2022, the time had finally come. It was my first big trip and therefore also my first flight that took me to South Africa. My excitement was low because it was outweighed by enormous anticipation..."

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Lisa Scheffler
PATERNOSTER South Africa I 2022

"I decided to return to Paternoster after four years because a part of my heart got stuck here. I wanted to experience the direct nature of the people and especially the children in Paternoster again..."

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Jannik Roming
AUSSENKEHR Namibia I 2021

"I lived in a small desert village on the Orange River in Namibia for 4 months. My job was to work in the local primary school, finding out what the school's challenges were and working with the teachers to solve them..."

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Petrina Handiya
AUSSENKEHR Namibia I 2021

"Aussenkehr is a small remote private farm down the South of Namibia, across the Orange river. It is a multi-cultural unique place to easily adapt regarding the weather conditions. During the past months in Außenkehr, I would really say I have experienced ..."

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Lea Durr
AUSSENKEHR Namibia I 2021

"Lea Dürr is 24 years old, originally from Ettlingen and studying for a master's degree in special education at the University of Education in Heidelberg. Lea found out about the foundation's volunteer program in Namibia, which focuses on reading promotion, from a fellow student..."

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Franziska Broschek
PATERNOSTER South Africa I 2022

"Three months ago, I arrived with partially different expectations and ideas about working in the Paternoster Volunteer Project. I imagined many things being simpler, which later turned out to be more difficult, and many things more difficult, which later turned out to be easier..."

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Catherine Kap
PATERNOSTER South Africa I  2019

"The first two sides that you are confronted with more or less harshly at the beginning are the expectation and the reality. The expectation of coming to a village with drug problems and alcohol abuse meets the idyllic village that appears in front of you..."

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