Kyrsta; provided voluntary physiotherapy and equipment in South Africa in 2009, now back and working in Edinburgh

November 1, 2009, 6:12 pm
Filed under: Volunteering Physiotherapist

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improved update
October 17, 2009, 4:46 pm
Filed under: Volunteering Physiotherapist

So the last up date was really not so good. I will need to sort out photos as I did not bring the connector to link my camera with a computer.

here is a picture I took with my phone of the items that I brought in my luggage.
luggage items
These include
3 pairs of shoes,
2 gym balls,
1 blood pressure monitor,
6 stethoscopes,
2 tendon hammers,
1 skipping rope,
2 chest exercisers,
6 soft toys,
1 strip of thera band,
150 pencils
These are the items that I left in Cape Town for the organiser to distribute for me.

The last week
October 15, 2009, 6:14 pm
Filed under: Volunteering Physiotherapist

Well, ok so you all want to know how the last week has gone.
I arrived in Soweto with my homestay host Tumi, who took me to the local hang out. I started work on monday. The kids that I’m working with are fantastic. Just gorgeous. A mix of CP, downs, and the occasional autistic. The centre in Soweto has not had physiotherapy input for a year, and I was a little overwhelmed initially. By Tuesday I had decided and acted n a plan of action, ask the teachers who they want me to see and why! Get them to go through specific problems, what they do and show them what they can do and or change to improve on what they are already doing well. By the thursday I was in demand and had to create a time table so that the teachers knew my availability and could work around their daily routine to ensure that all of our time is used wisely.
It’s been a great experience and it’s only been a week. The centre has similar problems to places here, equipment, staff, knowledge, they do soo well.
The equipment is not yet on route yet… I’ll let you all know!

October 9, 2009, 7:41 pm
Filed under: Fundraising, Travel plans

Well I’m here now. I was in Cape Town for about three days doing a cultural immersion training thing. Very interesting and informative. I’ll put an update about that,too tired just now!

October 5, 2009, 5:24 pm
Filed under: Home

Mark and MeWell, ok, so I packed about 10 days ago. That doesn’t mean that I won’t have forgotten something!
It’s just a shame that I can’t pack my husband. Only 5 1/2 weeks till I see him out there though.

October 4, 2009, 7:12 pm
Filed under: Donate

Equipment 4Equipment 3Equipment 5Equipment 2Equipment1

Here are a few pics of all the items that I was donated to send out.

They are not the clearest, but you get the idea of the volume.

I hope that pictures of them getting uploaded will follow.

less days!
October 3, 2009, 10:21 pm
Filed under: Travel plans

Well, i’ve got… less days now. I leave on tuesday! The shipping is still not quite finalised, hope fully soon. All those fantastic items will get there.
I’m getting very nervous, and excited, and sick, and nervous.
I packed last weekend! Everything is done. The freezer is packed (can hardly open the drawers) for the hubby. He’ll only be here for 6 weeks so should survive.

Looking forward to it.

thanks for my pals who sent messages and for those lovelies who came to the night out. Great to see you all. I’ll try and put photos on face book.