I'll be back - Blog by Ian Smith

All our bags are packed and we are ready to go. I turned up with the best part of 50kg of luggage and am returning with little more than 10kg.

I gave away everything, even my beloved Springbok Rugby jersey and feel this is not enough.

When my colleagues from previous PA trips said this will be an emotional experience, I said to myself I won’t be affected like they have because I am well aware of the conditions African people live in.

What I under estimated was the relationships I established and having to say goodbye yesterday. I had a good day preparing standard eight pupils for a play about water hygiene followed by assembly where the community said goodbye to us. It was at this event where I started to feel really sad. I felt and still feel that I am leaving them and that I won’t be here to help them. I must admit I almost cried and even when I’m writing this blog, I can feel myself welling up.

I look forward to seeing my girls and I am ready to go home but at the same time I want to stay. Words cannot describe how I am feeling. Mixed emotions on an enormous scale.

In the words of the Terminator – I’LL BE BACK, with William Hill or not!