Gerhard de Clercq”s mother wrote:

Beste Alta en span

Ek wil julle net graag bedank vir al die reelings met die kinders! Gerhard het die maand ongelooflik baie geniet en die familie waar hy geplaas was, het hom absoluut soos ‘n handskoen gepas – hy is maar ‘n redelike introvert maar het absoluut geblom die maand – hy wil met alle mag en mening net weer teruggaan.

Weereens baie dankie vir jou toewyding aan hierdie program en baie sterkte met die program, glo dit sal net van krag tot krag gaan.

Groete
Bernadene

Jess Muller’s father wrote:

I must say the feeling is mutual from our side, our daughter Jess experienced Germany in exactly the same way. To her it was also an eye-opening trip and believe me if she had the final say, I don’t think she would have come back :-)

Her host family were also absolutely wonderful and so good to her, you can not believe how close they became after only a month together, not only the daughters but the parents too.

As for Alta and Suzanne they are super people to work with and we appreciate all the effort they go through to make things work so well.

Now we look forward to hosting our exchange student Marie, who will be arriving in SA on Saturday I just hope that we can offer her something new and different something which you can not experience anywhere else other than in Mama Afrika :-)

A mother shared some feelings after her daughter’s return from Germany.

Rebecca had an awesome experience in Germany.

Rebecca had an awesome experience in Germany.

Dear Alta

I have to thank you, and all of the dedicated people at FSA, for having given our daughter, Rebecca, one of the best experiences of her life. She has returned glowing with happiness, and saying that she is going back one day. She feels it has been a “life changing” experience. The freedom of German life, the lack of crime, the beauty, the openness – most of all, she says, the sense of being completely free – have made a mark on her. FSA has made possible something that we could never have been able to give our daughter on our own – an experience that has opened her mind, imparted confidence, and inspired her. Every single one of the FSA staff deserves a hug and thank you for what you have done.

We feel very blessed that Rebecca landed in the lap of such a warm and wonderful family. She felt completely at home. She even wrote to me, “Mommy, they are not just my German host family, they are my German family.” She felt so relaxed the entire time, like one the family, and was treated to days out, nights out, evenings at restaurant, trips here, there, and everywhere. She had the best, best time.

Becky talks about cycling back from gym at 9.30 at night – something she could never do in South Africa. She loved the open gardens (no walls or fences), the wonderful sense of unity amongst her classmates, and she loved the way her German family (Uwe and Brigitte Klier) ate together around the table twice a day. This is not something we have done enough of. She loved the variety of food, and the conversation that flowed as they all ate together. Becky has asked us to start doing as they do, and we think it is a very good idea and will start changing that from tonight. We’ll all be eating supper round the table – as families really should do.

Rebecca especially loved the sense of freedom, the cycling culture, the openness and trust between people. She longs to go back. I overheard her saying to her brother, “Joshua, if you ever, EVER get the chance to do something like this, you must do it.” And she went on to say how her confidence has grown – not just in the area of being able to speak in front of people, but in a deeper way. She feels now that she has no worries, no fears, that she can handle tricky situations. She was glowing when she got back. We hope that she will indeed get an opportunity to go back one day. I think that she is South African to her core. She said she would love to return and live in Germany for a year, then come back to South Africa and be part of our solution. Who knows, we hope it may happen.

Bless you all at FSA. I have already written to her host family to thank them for being such stars. They were all wonderful, including the host mother’s parents, and the school. Thanks to all of you. Love, Jane

Rebecca and her life in South Africa:

Village ceremony

Village ceremony

Departure to Germany

Departure to Germany

Me - Rebecca Mqamelo

Me – Rebecca Mqamelo

Mr Simon and Mrs Jane Mqamelo

Mr Simon and Mrs Jane Mqamelo

Once a participant, now a teacher.

Corli van Rensburg took part in our long programme during 2007 / 2008. Since then she completed her studies and is teaching German at Pretoria Boys’ High now.

She was selected to do a course in Germany. While there she also visited her host family, with whom she stayed in contact since her participation in the FSA programme.

Corli is in the middle with Julia and Carolin.

On this family photograph are Sigfried, Julia, Carolin, Corli and Gudrun.

On this family photograph are Sigfried, Julia, Carolin, Corli and Gudrun.

Rus in Vrede liewe Hesmé

Hesmé het verlede jaar aan ons Junie / Julie program na Duitsland toe deelgeneem. ‘n Jaar later was dit tyd vir haar om na haar Hemelse huis te gaan.

Liewe Rossouw-gesin van Bothaville, ons meegevoel is met julle. Ons glo dat sy sonder pyn nou beter af is.

Die FSA span,
Suzanne, Alta, Lodie

Rest in Peace 2

Rest in Peace 3

Rest in Peace

Applications received for our December program

No Status Name Surname School
1 Complete Calvin Adams Livingstone High School
2 Volledig Suzanne Alberts Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof
3 Volledig Simone Basson Hoërskool Jeugland
4 Volledig Lara Beukes Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof
5 Volledig Chloé Bosch Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof
6 Volledig Charlotte Botha Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof
7 Volledig Eswee Bothma Hoërskool Ermelo
8 Complete Kevin Boyce St John’s College
9 Volledig Kiara Brandt Hoërskool Overkruin
10 Incomplete Courtney Brown Princeton High School
11 Complete Klara Bunge Parktown Girls’ High School
12 Complete Mika Bunge Parktown Girls’ High School
13 Onvolledig Grietjie Burger Hoërskool Nico Malan
14 Volledig Paul Burger Hoërskool Ficksburg
15 Volledig Henco Coetzee Hoërskool Kroonstad
16 Complete Angus Cook St Andrew’s College
17 Complete Jehané de Beer Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof
18 Volledig Annika de Jager Hoërskool Ermelo
19 Volledig Krizann de Wet Hoërskool Menlopark
20 Complete Pholosho Dikotla Capricorn High School
21 Complete Tshego Dingakeng Hoërskool Kalahari
22 Complete Jacques du Toit Hoërskool Stellenbosch
23 Complete Triston du Toit Hoërskool Ficksburg
24 Complete Nicole Dube Hillview High School
25 Complete Christiaan Eckard Hoërskool Brits
26 Complete Megon Eilerd Hoërskool Kalahari
27 Volledig Janica Engelbrecht Hoërskool P J Olivier
28 Complete Zander Erasmus Hoërskool Pretoria-Noord
29 Volledig Ansonette Esterhuizen Helpmekaar Kollege
30 Volledig Nadine Evans Hoërskool Overkruin
31 Volledig Chris Faihst Hoërskool Kathu
32 Complete Dante Fouché Tyger Valley College
33 Complete James Garisch Hoërskool Kathu
34 Complete Erica Geldenhuys Pretoria High School for Girls
35 Complete Alison Georgala Hoër Meisieskool Paarl
36 Volledig Kirstin Gremels Hoërskool Voortrekker
37 Volledig Inge Heins Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof
38 Complete Antolique Heunis Hoërskool Die Punt
39 Complete Thomas Howard Hoërskool Swartland
40 Volledig Biancé Janse van Vuuren Hoërskool Nelspruit
41 Complete Lucas Janse van Vuuren Hoërskool Oosterland
42 Complete Unathi Jofile Krugersdorp High School
43 Complete Christen Jonker Hoërskool Bergsig
44 Volledig Claudine Jordaan Leeuwenhof Akademie
45 Volledig Nadine Jordaan Leeuwenhof Akademie
46 Volledig Me-Jeanne Joubert Hoërskool Diamantveld
47 Incomplete Lorenzo Kapank Hoërskool Paul Sauer
48 Complete Tsholofelo Kashe Hoërskool Kalahari
49 Complete Michelle Kenny Northern Cape High School
50 Complete Tshiamo Kgoro Tsoseletso High School
51 Complete Thabang Khatide Pretoria Boys’ High School
52 Complete Aldridt Koltzow Hoërskool Overkruin
53 Volledig Abby Koper Hoërskool Secunda
54 Volledig Jandre Korkie Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool
55 Volledig Louis Kriel Hoërskool Kalahari
56 Volledig Johané Krog Hoërskool Menlopark
57 Onvolledig Simoné Krüger Hoërskool Hoopstad
58 Complete Strauss Landmann Hoërskool Voortrekker
59 Complete Marlise Le Roux Hoërskool Frans Du Toit
60 Complete Lukas Lessing Hoërskool Ficksburg
61 Complete Tania Libisi Settlers Agricultural High School
62 Volledig Albertus Liebenberg Hoërskool Gimnasium
63 Complete Anell Lötter Hoërskool Gimnasium
64 Incomplete Franco Louw Hoër Landbouskool Jacobsdal
65 Complete Lindokuhle Lubisi Njeyeza Secondary School
66 Complete Tshenolo Mahoko Tsoseletso High School
67 Complete Kelebogile Maleho Tsoseletso High School
68 Incomplete Matt Maluleke Giyani High School
69 Complete Rorisang Maselwa Tsoseletso High School
70 Complete Siphe Matikinca Strelitzia High School
71 Volledig Charné Mienie Hoërskool Zwartkop
72 Complete Minenhle Mnyango Shallcross Secondary School
73 Complete Ora Modise Settlers Agricultural High School
74 Incomplete Lebo Mokoena Njeyeza Secondary School
75 Complete Katlego Mongale Tsoseletso High School
76 Complete Sihle Mpeqeka Clarendon High School for Girls
77 Incomplete Mthobisi Mthembu Njeyeza Secondary School
78 Incomplete Ngibongiseni Mthembu Njeyeza Secondary School
79 Volledig Elani Naudé Hoërskool Hoopstad
80 Complete Sibusiso Ngwila St John’s College
81 Complete Karina Niemand Hoërskool Wilgerivier
82 Volledig Wiaan Nienaber Hoërskool Overkruin
83 Incomplete Bheki Nkabinde Pending
84 Complete Emily O’Ryan Rustenburg Girls’ High School
85 Complete Martin Paterson St Dominic’s College
86 Volledig Sonja Paul C & N Hoër Meisieskool Oranje
87 Incomplete Naledi Phala Deutsche Schule Pretoria
88 Complete Robby Phillander Hoërskool Kalahari
89 Volledig Morné Pienaar Hoërskool Pretoria-Noord
90 Complete Michaela Poci Hoërskool Gimnasium
91 Complete Michelle Pretorius Helpmekaar Kollege
92 Complete Nomsa Qayiso Tsoseletso High School
93 Complete Moleboheng Ramoetsana Tsoseletso High School
94 Complete Andrew Reintges Maritzburg College
95 Complete James Reynolds Livingstone High School
96 Complete Tiaan Richter Hoërskool Overkruin
97 Complete Armand Riley Hoërskool Overkruin
98 Complete Taya Rozova Selly Park Secondary School
99 Complete Rui Sabio St Martin’s School
100 Volledig Liza Schoonhoven Hoërskool Richardsbaai
101 Complete Thandi Sekete Hoërskool Ficksburg
102 Volledig Marthie Sieberhagen Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof
103 Volledig Lani Slabbert Hoërskool P J Olivier
104 Volledig Anke Smit Hoërskool Gimnasium
105 Volledig Annabelle Smith Hoërskool Kalahari
106 Volledig Melande Stadler Hoërskool Secunda
107 Volledig Nadine Stander Hoërskool Richardsbaai
108 Complete Lezanne Steenkamp C & N Hoër Meisieskool Oranje
109 Complete Daniel Steyn Hoërskool Stellenbosch
110 Volledig Heinrich Swanepoel Hoërskool Diamantveld
111 Volledig Lizelle Swanepoel Hoërskool Voortrekker
112 Volledig Matt Swanevelder Hoërskool Gimnasium
113 Volledig Jana Theron Potchefstroom Gimnasium
114 Complete Micaela Thomas Hoërskool Nico Malan
115 Complete Lindokuhle Twala Njeyeza Secondary School
116 Volledig Charné van der Merwe Potchefstroom Gimnasium
117 Volledig Vanette van der Merwe Hoërskool Menlopark
118 Volledig Jorike van der Westhuizen Hoërskool Kalahari
119 Volledig Marizanne van Dyk Hoërskool Menlopark
120 Volledig Renier van Dyk Hoërskool Jan Viljoen
121 Onvolledig Dandre van Huyssteen Bergsig Akademie
122 Complete Courtney van Niekerk Hoërskool Monument
123 Volledig Jana-Maré van Rensburg Hoërskool Overberg
124 Complete Keagan van Schalkwyk Livingstone High School
125 Complete Wimpie Van Schoor Leeuwenhof Akademie
126 Volledig Leandi Venter Hoërskool Witteberg
127 Complete Nicole Venter Hoërskool Richardsbaai
128 Volledig Wian Vermaak Hoërskool Voortrekker
129 Volledig Venuchka Vermeulen Hoërskool Hugenote
130 Complete Angel Vilakazi Hoërskool Harrismith
131 Volledig Leonora Visagie Hoërskool Gimnasium
132 Complete Heidi Wichmann Dundee High School
133 Complete Lara Williams Bergvliet High School
134 Complete Ntando Zuma Grantleigh College

Photographs splashing out happiness and joy!

Sent in by Nadine Gwisai

Sent in by Nadine Gwisai

Sent in by Nadine Gwisai

Sent in by Nadine Gwisai

Sent in by Nadine Gwisai

Sent in by Nadine Gwisai

Sent in by Nadine Gwisai

Sent in by Nadine Gwisai

Sent in by Alicia Engelbrect

Sent in by Alicia Engelbrect

Sent in by Alicia Engelbrecht

Sent in by Alicia Engelbrecht

Sent in by Alicia Engelbrecht

Sent in by Alicia Engelbrecht

Sent in by Alicia Engelbrecht

Sent in by Alicia Engelbrecht

Sent in by Benine van den Heever

Sent in by Benine van den Heever

Sent in by Janel Blaauw

Sent in by Janel Blaauw

Sent in by Janel Blaauw

Sent in by Janel Blaauw

Katha and her South African host sister Rikki in Mpumalanga

Katha and her South African host sister Rikki in Mpumalanga