We primarily spent the last two working days of my trip finalising all of S4S’ internal policies and interviewing the last group of candidates who wished to work for S4S.
The last position to fill was the Rehabilitation Technician position – this person will be working directly with the children in a role which encompasses a large amount of physiotherapy.
On Friday afternoon, we briefly went to a local girls’ school to see S4S on the ground once more. The girls S4S was working with today had all sorts of physical disabilities, including for example cerebral palsy, amputations, albinism and club feet. They all studied at a special school where they received more support than they would in mainstream education. Today, the children were made to do general sporting activities and compete against each other in simple races.
On Saturday, we set off to finish the ninth and final internal policy we’d been working on in the stunning Vumba hills. As a reward for a long week of work, we treated ourselves to a horse ride in the bush to see a selection of giraffes, antelopes, zebras and other wild animals (no lions, I was promised). Sod’s law, this had to coincide with the first rain of the week and, after twenty minutes of trekking home in a tropical thunderstorm of biblical proportions, we decided to enjoy the views from indoors for the rest of the day!
Overall, working in Zimbabwe with S4S has been an invaluable experience which has taught me a great deal about working in different environments. The work Isabel and S4S does on the ground is incredibly inspiring and being a small part of it as a PwC representative was a huge pleasure and honour.