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The Journey to Volunteerism

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The four day induction program for Southern Africa Youth Exchange ended on Friday with participants equipped with knowledge and skills to become responsible citizens. The induction program started on Tuesday at Aviator Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa with participants from Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa. The SayXchange induction program sponsored by Southern Africa Trust and its partners LoveLife is for young people from the four countries who work in community service as volunteers. During the induction, the participants were first introduced to the programme by Southern Africa’s Project Manager Ange Chitate then Andile Dube from LoveLife who spoke about The State of Youth in Africa and also Volunteerism and Civic Engagement. Other speakers from Southern Africa Trust who also made presentations during the four days include Lusungu Kanchenche, who talked more about Southern Africa Development Community-SADC, Shekeshe Mokgosi who stood with Concept of Philanthropy, Being an ambassador and Change 4Ever Campaign which is also one of the programmes the trust is pursuing. Mcbridge Nkhalamba was the last speaker who brought a topic on Leadership and Change and a cocktail was later organized bidding farewell to the participants before leaving for their respective places. Speaking at the function, Chief Executive Officer for Southern Africa Trust Bheki Moyo

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encouraged the participants to work hard in their projects as one way of being responsible citizens and also grow in areas of their lives. He also said the trust is in the plans to expand the programme so that it accommodates other countries and also increase the number of participants. “We as Southern Africa Trust have been supporting this programme and we will always do that. All I can say is all the best and make it happen for you and achieve whatever you want to achieve.” He said. One of the participants from Malawi, Lucky Gondwe who is going to Mpumalanga said it is going to be a challenging task as she will be working in another country with new things all together. “You know always it is not easy to start or do a new thing like this one. Being hosted by people you do not know, but all in all I believe it will be exciting I will make it”. She believes. Just after the induction, participants from South Africa left for Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique respectively while participants from Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi have been sent to work in different provinces of South Africa all for a period of four months.

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