I have a dream
Return Londolozi guest and friend, Judy Guffey, inspires students to get dreamin’.
All the way from Hawaii, Judy knew that she wanted to get involved in Good Work Foundation’s education projects on this visit.
She first visited Londolozi in 1981. “I stayed at Bush Camp” says Judy, “which was basically made up of four rondavels. I returned to Londolozi again three years ago, and then also in December 2012. It was on that last visit in December that I was introduced to the Good Work Foundation. To the learning centre and the preschool.”
In this weeks workshop at Madlala Digital Learning Centre – situated just outside the Sabi Sand Game Reserve – four students “took the floor” and shared with Judy and their classmates what they dream of for their futures. They were eloquent, authentic and powerful.
One student dreams of being a game ranger. He grew up as a shepherd and says that nature is what speaks to his soul. His advice: “Seek out a career that has already established roots within you.”
Another student feeds ten vulnerable children at her home in the village every day. She is studying computers and English so that she can set aside all excuses and go after her dream of becoming a fully qualified social worker.
Judy’s intention for this workshop was to drive home one of the most important messages that Good Work Foundation’s International Computer Driving License (ICDL) students will hear in the next year: in business, communication is key.
Judy asked the question: “Why do you want to improve your English?” The original student answers were too obvious. Most of them said: “So that we can speak better English.”
That’s not what this workshop was about. Judy wanted students to connect with the real reasons that they were studying English.
How does English tie in with their dreams?
Great question. And from there, it’s much easier to get an individual to invest in the details – from speaking clearly to listening actively.
At its core, Judy’s workshop was about managing the “interview” process as part of a job application.
Along the way she inspired students to get dreamin’.
Judy Guffey – an expert in teaching Second Language English – has been on safari at Londolozi for 12 days. During her stay she has spent time at the Londolozi preschool and learning centre, the Madlala Digital Learning Centre and the Hazyview Digital Learning Centre. Asked about her trip so far, Judy said “I feel energized”. So do we Judy – thank you for sharing your expertise, your “self” and your energy!
Written by Ryan James