15 Belgian students on an adventure in Plettenberg Bay 

The "Aim for die Sterreweg" Team: Zakaria Moustahfid, Martijn Vanden Heede, Glen Haelterman, Anel Fejzic, Stijn Demeester, Sarie Vandevelde, Shari Naessens, Amber Naeye, Nore De Corte, Lisa Foucqaert, Stephanie Reipen, Janne Staelens, Benthe Bosmans, Diede Hendrickx, Najade Ravijts
Published: September 11th, 2019

A multidisciplinary team of 15 Belgian students of the Artevelde university college from Ghent is currently working on a project to make Die Sterreweg a centre of excellence. Die Sterreweg is a daycare centre for children with special needs in Plettenberg Bay. It is part of the Sabrina Love Foundation.

Together with the staff of Die Sterreweg we’re trying to make important changes for the organization and all children with special needs in Plettenberg. By interfacing with a local organization here and through teamwork, Belgians and Africans bond together and both parties learn a lot about each other.

During these two weeks we are culturally enriching ourselves by learning about the South-African cultures and the community of Plett. We were invited to a local braai in the township of Kwanokuthula and organized a fun event on Casual Day in the White House. We’ve been chatting a lot with the locals and the variety of this town makes every conversation different and interesting. We even had the chance to visit the Plett Community Church on Sunday which was a great and inspiring experience. Everywhere we go we are always given a warm welcome, the kindness and loving hearts of the people has been amazing.

In the end we are still tourists enjoying the charms of the city, so we’ve been trying to make the most of this experience through several activities. The athletes of our group like to go for a run in the morning. We run along the beach while the sun is rising, and we end our sport session with a splash in the ocean to get a refreshing kickstart. It’s a great thing to do here since we’re not used to start our day like that in Belgium.

One of our other favorite activities here is going out for dinner. Plettenberg really has some good restaurants on main street, which is close to the Amakaya Backpackers hostel where we are staying.

Last weekend, some of us went kayaking through the untouched beauty of Tsitsikamma while others went to the Birds of Eden sanctuary to see some exotic birds such as parrots, the blue crane bird, flamingoes and colorful pheasants. 

This week is our last in Plettenberg and everyone will remember this trip as a great, enriching and beautiful experience. We’d like to thank all the loving people who played a big or small role in our adventure and especially the fantastic staff of Die Sterreweg.

Pictured above are “Aim for die Sterreweg” team members: Zakaria Moustahfid, Martijn Vanden Heede, Glen Haelterman, Anel Fejzic, Stijn Demeester, Sarie Vandevelde, Shari Naessens, Amber Naeye, Nore De Corte, Lisa Foucqaert, Stephanie Reipen, Janne Staelens, Benthe Bosmans, Diede Hendrickx and Najade Ravijts.

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