Class of 2019 (Second years)
“The UWC experience is so hard to describe, because there are so many complex emotions, people and experiences mixed in with it. It has allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of myself, my country, and the world in which we live. It gave me the opportunity to step away from South Africa and all its familiarities, and be apart of a bigger community. This allowed me to think about South Africa’s challenges in a new light, and also appreciate its uniqueness. The wonderful people who I’ve had the privilege of living with have become my second family, and have helped me grow more into the person I want to be. I love learning more about the world, especially through history and science.
The IB has allowed me to explore and broaden my knowledge.I’ve gained confidence and stepped out of my comfort zone. I’ve been inspired by peoples’ stories, and become a part of global movements for change, such as 'write for rights’. And, of course, I’ve been able to explore Costa Rica – a country unlike anywhere I’ve been. I’m really excited to see what the next year holds for me. There is so much more for me to experience, and I’m looking forward to being back and meeting all the new students!”
-Anneke (Costa Rica’19)
“I am Sphindile Mtetwa from Kwamashu, Durban. I come from a very big family, which has known the hardships of life. My parents are both unemployed, and so the social grant money is all that we have for support.I was fortunate enough to be selected to study at Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa in Eswatini, which is the only UWC school in Africa. I have been here for 7 months now, and I am loving it. The diversity is incredible, with students from the Middle East, Europe, Asia, America and all over Africa. At UWC, you learn to appreciate other people’s cultures and to take pride in your own.
The highlight of my experience so far has to be Kamhlaba Day, which was hosted on campus, for the very first time. It was basically a day where the entire school community came together to raise funds for community service, which forms part of the CAS component of the IB Diploma. The next interesting thing next on the calendar is TEDx UWCSA where students will be given TED talks with the theme being Unspoken Unseen Unheard. My UWC experience has been amazing, and I am looking forward to spending the next year and 4 months with these souls.”
-Sphindile (UWC Waterford Kamhlaba’ 19)
“Over the summer, I attended a summer session at Yale University. The session was focused on Biological and Biomedical Sciences. I attended lectures, of different sub fields in biology, taught by Yale professors. After lectures, we would attend breakout sessions, which were, by far, my favourite part of the programme. The breakout sessions allowed us to think critically about the material presented and, as we learn at UWC, you can never take anything at face value, find your connections and learn the way you want to. In one of our seminars, which was focused on the role the non-governmental organisations play in the public health sector, we brainstormed ideas and collectively came up with an idea for an NGO, which will be funded by the university, aimed at helping women of different sexual orientations, economic stances and religious backgrounds. As I currently attend UWC Mostar, I was appointed to head up the branch in Bosnia and Herzegovina and my work will be aimed at securing efficient health systems for the refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the marginalized group, the Roma people.
This experience has been life-changing and due to this course, I am now certain about what I want to study: Biology and Anthropology. I intend to pursue a career in medical research, specifically the social determinants when it comes to health, so as to combat the racism, sexism and general discrimination certain demographics are exposed to in the health sector. Thanks to my anthropology class in UWC and the global environment I am a part of as a result of attending such a multicultural and inclusive school, I aim to be a change-maker and to play a role in the building of a more inclusive and tolerant world. As I always say, one should respect existence or expect resistance.”
-Yola ( UWC Mostar’ 19
Class of 2020 (The first years)
“My name is Olwethu Cele, I am 16 years old and I live in Elovu KwaZulu-Natal with my mother and sister. I have always been moving from place to place, and I am overjoyed yet again that I have been accepted into another Home: UWC. My mum is a single parent and works on a farm to support our family. She inspires me to work hard for everything I want, as well as appreciate it. As a result, I would really love to have my own business one day, based on the opportunities and needs of the place I am located in.I was accepted to WK UWC in Swaziland, and the opportunity excites me a lot, because of the diversity of the different people, and their skillset. I aim to absorb all beneficial information from my teachers and fellow classmates.”
-Olwethu (UWC Waterford’ 20)
“My name is Lucky Khoza and I’m from a small village in Mpumalanga called Driekoppies. I live in Driekoppies with my mum and five siblings. My mum is a single parent and works on a farm to support our family. I’ve made my mother and family proud by being accepted to study the International Baccalaureate programme at the UWC Red Cross Nordic in Norway. The opportunity to study at UWC Red Cross Nordic is an opportunity for me to forge an extraordinary life path where I can impact others and improve myself. Above all, I enjoy doing things that help me and others grow mentally and see the world from different perspectives.”
-Lucky (UWC Red Cross Nordic’ 20)
“My name is Seemole Kamogelo Moloto, I am currently 16 years old, and I am heading to MUWCI! What I look forward to most about being part of the UWC movement/family is the opportunity to interact with people of various backgrounds and experiences. I want to obtain more than just my IB diploma at Mahindra. I would like to be fully involved and engulfed by the spirit of UWC so that I can help to spread that same sentiment to those I interact with outside of my schooling. I want to learn, share and grow. I hope that from my experiences with MUWCI I will be able to lead my country towards being more environmentally friendly and promoting sustainable development. I would love to see South Africa at the forefront of sustainable development.”
-Kamogelo (UWC Mahindra’ 20)
“I’m Dlamini Phila. I was born in the Hhohho region of Swaziland and currently live in Schoemansdal, Limpopo with both my parents, my grandmother, and three other siblings. I’m insanely in love with computer programming. I started coding in 9th grade, and I’ve made two apps so far – ‘Anxiety Slayer’ and ‘What’s Next?’. My experience developing apps has inspired a desire to be involved in the artificial intelligence (AI) movement in Southern Africa. I hope to bring new and diverse perspectives to the AI movement through my experiences at Li Po Chun, where I will develop networks and connections with a body of strong-minded students and teachers from all around the world."
-Phila (UWC Li Po Chun’ 20)
“My name is Wendy Nkosi and I am 16 years old. I live in rural Boschfontein, Mpumalanga, South Africa. I recently discovered my deep passion for astronomy. I love that in astronomy, we realize that we share the same sky, no matter how different our cultures and lifestyles are. I feel that this idea is reason enough for everyone in the world to unite and abolish all stereotypes we have about each other in order to build a peaceful and sustainable future. I believe that through UWC, I will be able to attain the skills I need in order to further myself in the field of astrophysics. I will come back to South Africa and inspire young women to pursue their education and realize their dreams.”
-Wendy (UWC Maastricht' 20)
“My name is Fibi Angel Mthembu. I'm a 16-year-old aspiring Actuarial Scientist or Neurologist from Umlazi Z section, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal. Given my personal experiences with financial hardship, outside school I remain steadfast in my service to others by participating in community service activities. My acceptance to the UWC of Adriatic is an affirmation of my academic track record to date. I'm proud of this accomplishment I am excited to share my passion for South Africa and my IsiZulu heritage with the United World College community at Trieste. I aspire to return home having benefited from a world-renowned education, to contribute to our beautiful nation.”
-Fibi (UWC Adriatic’ 20)