our impact on participants
The South Africa Challenge experience has opened minds to new possibilities, developed confidence, increased academic success, changed careers, and been instrumental in starting multiple businesses and social action projects.
Developing leaders and challenging perceptions
Supporting our Challengers to become more self-aware, increasing their confidence, motivation, and goal setting ability; alongside increasing their understanding of their own values, vision, and leadership style, are outcomes we strive to achieve. Read our personal stories to find out how the experience impacted us.
My trip to South Africa has turned my life and the world as I perceive it upside down. From a personal perspective, the stay in Durban has seen me develop into a more open, more self-confident and certainly a happier person. I reconsidered my values, the things I believe in and consider important and the way I want others to perceive me. Before the trip I was unsure where I was heading towards, both as a person and in terms of my profession. Those weeks helped me to better understand myself and bring light to some of the biggest questions that I was asking myself for a long time. Read more....
South Africa has significantly changed my outlook on life, it has made me re-think what's important in life and my values. An example of this is it has made me realise that I can achieve beyond what I have imagined and I will continue to hold this mindset going forward in my life and future projects. It has also enabled me to be more positive and be more grateful for my life and what I have. Read more...
Through the experience, I learned that I was very willing to pretend that I always knew what I was talking about, but as a result of SA challenge, I now spend more time listening, asking questions, and understanding, before I speak.
I think the main thing that I learned about others & South Africa, is that everyone's views come from their experience. It is entirely a result of their own lives and nothing clarified this as much as going to SA did. Essentially, I grew up a lot in those four weeks. Read more...
What you see, hear or read about isn't always the full story. Sometimes you need to experience something in order to be able to have a complete view on it and if it is an issue, tackling it will prove to be much more challenging and much more rewarding, even if you manage to go halfway or even end up achieving goals you that you would not even consider. Read more...
The main way in which South Africa Challenge has changed me and my outlook on life is that the experience humbled me more than I could ever imagine. I thought I knew it all – I wanted to save the world and I was confident I knew how. Being thrown into a context so different to my own made me realise how useless I really am. Which was great! It forced me to really carefully analyse myself, my skills, and my limitations; to figure out how I could best do something meaningful in the two weeks I was out in South Africa and for the rest of my life. Read more...
I learned about myself that I can achieve much more, if I push my self even further than I thought I already did.
About South Africa I found out that the issues that we have been discussing at school and where ever are actually way more complex and cannot be understood if you haven't experienced it. Read more...
Developing enterprise and leadership skills
Our long-term aim is to increase our Challenger's ability to lead the development of economically, environmentally and socially responsible products and projects in the future. We focus on developing enterprise skills and leadership capabilities through the practical challenges associated with starting a social action project. They gain an understanding of the complexity of societal challenges, how culture plays a part, and how to develop new networks. Together these elements aid our participants to understand the skills, knowledge, and importantly the confidence, to take on leadership opportunities.
South Africa Challenge 2017: Improving skills
Evidence from our 2017 programme, highlights the range of skills Challengers gain through South Africa Challenge.
Prior to and after the programme, we asked our Challengers to score themselves against 24 skills, under four main categories; communication, leadership, team work, and project management. The greatest reported improvement of skills included resilience, adapting to new situations, effective communication, and managing multiple tasks and their time.
Read our 2017 report to find out more about our impact here...