Gothia Cup’s new volunteers have left Sweden to spend the next six month at our sports school in Congo-Brazzaville. At CF Gothia they will support the leaders in the daily activities.
Around 300 children attend to our sports school in Brazzaville. After school, the children go to CF Gothia to play football, beach volleyball and practice gymnastics. In conjunction with training, the children participate in social activities, with education in the school’s ten hallmarks as welll as lectures in life lessons: physiology and puberty, gender-based violence, hygiene and discrimination – subjects that are taboo in many households.
CF Gothia runs with local leaders in Brazzaville but every year two Swedish volunteers go to Congo-Brazzaville to support the leaders at the school. Last week this year’s volunteers left Sweden for an experience of a lifetime.
Elin Weman is 19 years old, from Nävlinge in southern Sweden and she’s an elite wrestler. She’s excited to widen her world in a totally different environment and culture.
”I expect to get to know all the children and adolescents and learn a lot about Congo-Brazzaville and the Congolese people. I really look forward to live in a Congolese family. I love challenges and felt that this was a great opportunity”, Elin says.
Olof Lagerqvist is 24 years old and his ordinary work is in shipping and logistics in Gothenburg. He has played football since he was five years old and has a great interest in sports in general.
”With my experience in football, I look forward to find out how the same sport is played on a different continent. The big challenge will be to live in a different culture and I hope to learn a lot, about other people but also about my self. And I look forward to try a lot of new food!”, Olof says.
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