Swaziland, WK 1979-1983 - "I now understand that helping others is not about shouting from a mountain top, but rather that all efforts do make a small dent for the better."
Colombia, WK 1981-1982 & Netherlands, WK 1977-1981 - "For us, it is very important to keep our relationships with our yoga students as personal as possible to remain authentic."
Switzerland, WK 1987-1993 - "At Waterford I learnt that education has the power to federate people of different horizons: we are one world, 'Kamhlaba'."
United Kingdom, WK 1987-1991 - "I think the main thing was that Waterford made it clear that I could do whatever I wanted to do. It always felt like there were no ceilings and no boundaries."
USA, WK 2006-2007 - "During my time in Swaziland and the trips I was fortunate enough to take around Southern Africa, I was exposed to conditions of health and development I wasn’t familiar with…
Swaziland, WK 2004-2008 - He swept 7 awards at University of Witswatersrand in 2014 and came to work as a Dentist in Manzini Raleigh Frilkin Hospital. He recently opened his own practise in Mbabane…
Swaziland, WK 2006-2009 - He founded OBaa Health an application which was initially designed to help pregnant women in rural Ghana to receive the same quality of care that their urban counterparts…
Swaziland, WK 2003-2006 - "The school’s ethos in participating and contribution to community, national and international aspirations continually shapes my career path."
USA, WK 1999-2003 - "I always felt that I wanted to define success in my career by how much I helped people rather than how much fame or fortune I achieved."
South Africa, WK 1994-2000 - "Being away from the safety net of home proved to be quite challenging. This challenge however proved to be a building block for great friendships."
Swaziland, WK 1998-2004 - "WK prepares you to look at the world critically, and then goes the extra mile of instilling a sense of action in you."
USA, WK 1970-1971 - "As the co-founder and the first CEO of Zipcar, Robin helped pioneer the Collaborative Economy. Today, Zipcar is the largest car-sharing company in the world."
South Africa, WK 1976-1981 - "The Vulamehlo Development Programme was established with international funding to assist members of the Mafucula community to start small businesses in an enterprise…
Swaziland, WK 2005-2007 - For Nicole arts is not just about stage performance. It’s an integral of human beings interacting with the environment around them.
Zambia, WK 1983-1988 - Congratulations to Annabelle Degroot her appointment to be Managing Director of SAB Miller Zambia.
Malawi, WK 1991-1997 - Daliso is an Independent Comedian Writer in the United Kingdom. His talents has taken him across several oceans visiting multiple countries.
Belgium, WK 1989-1995 - Ronny Mintjens does not simply go to a place; he immerses himself in the culture and tries to gain a greater level of understanding of the place, regardless of pre-existing…
Swaziland, WK 2006-2007 - “Waterford was about applying yourself in every way. It also taught me the importance of being the best you can be, for yourself and for your community.”
Australia, WK 1999-2005 - "I have lived in Mongolia for just over two months now. I am here as part of the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program."
South Africa, WK 1971-1973 - Yunus Peer teaches history and world religions at Punahou Academy in Hawaii. He is also the director of Teachers Without Borders South Africa (TWBSA).
Canada/India, WK 1988-1989 - Rajeev does not favour any particular city and feels at home in a number of places. "Globalization, diversity, it is second nature to me and Waterford gave me a lot of…
Jabulile Mashwama (Swaziland, WK 1984-1988), "Community service helped build empathy within me and gave me the desire to always want to give back."
Amy Burnett (USA, WK 06-07). "Riikka Liikavainio (Finland, WK 06-07) and I used to walk from the dining hall to Emhlabeni across the big sports field, after dark.
Khethiwe Gumede(Swaziland, WK 2006-2009) "Special days such as Peace Day and UWC day brought a sense of unity and pride. "
Waterford is the best school I have worked in over a long career which has included several top schools (and a few at the other end of the spectrum).
Msimisi Fakudze (Swaziland, WK 95-99) and Chenjerai Gumbo ( Swaziland, WK 97-99). "We have always loved events, music and art but felt Swaziland did not have a common platform where these could…
Dane Armstrong (Swaziland, WK 99-01) "Waterford gave me a platform and a taste for life, in all its flavours, and I always knew I would get as much out if it as I put in."
Andy Foose(USA, WK 78-82) "The community service projects were both fun and great learning experiences."
Congratulations to Ruddy Ndina (DRC, WK 09-12) for receiving the Faces of Today award. He has been instrumental in developing the African Business Forum (ABF).
Leo Penny (USA, WK 14-15) I was inspired to write the book by some nice comments by a teacher on a paper I wrote. These gave me the confidence in my writing to try writing more seriously.
Alexander West (UK, WK 90-95) and his partner Rana has just started a company that caters to the needs of those with dietary issues, including Coeliacs, gluten intolerants, as well as those allergic…
Waterford has a unique way of instilling ‘Waterfordian’ qualities within us and there seems to be one, which people almost always develop during their WK experience and that is Ubuntu
At Waterford, I began to understand the extent of my capability in challenging the limitations of the pre-existing system I grew up in
I want to find a way to promote social change and healthy lifestyle changes through exercise and sport.
Those that grew up in Southern Africa only know too well how winning the 1995 Rugby World Cup brought hope to a country that was fragmented and on the brink of civil war. This is what sport does.
Your game-changing, earth shattering idea is not unique. Someone else has come up with it, and someone else will come up with it. But find an idea you are passionate about.
The ethos of community service has influenced my choices, from what jobs I have taken and what kind of a company I want to build.
I'm always learning and the new adventures I choose to take, like this year I will spend in Benin. Secondly, no one leaves Waterford without having a strong inclination towards service.
I have further done research and a study on the explosion of children cases with autism in the United States of America.
"Not only did I make great friends from all over the world – but I also believe the school had a lasting effect on shaping my values and world view”
“It has been more than 20 years since we left, but no single experience of our life as a family resonates more in our shared experience than our three years in Swaziland and at WK”
I am most thankful for is the friendships I established at Waterford. Break time at the “rock” by the tuck shop was always full of laughter (and drama at times). Some of the friends I met at…
Waterford Kamhlaba created a solid foundation for business and leadership. The education received from the school gave me confidence to explore my skills and take risks. I also learnt to relate to…
Studying biology and chemistry for IB gave me the foundation required to pursue my undergraduate studies in biochemistry at the University of Oxford. This eventually made me to focus my studies on…
“…When people hear my story,… that is a part of the UWC movement. I have yet to see a better idea than the UWC colleges. It is truly genius and truly makes this world a better place…”
“Waterford Kamhlaba UWC offered me educational, material and other resources that my previous school did not have. It placed me in a community of ambitious classmates and teachers from all walks of…
“The work I put in to get my crush’s attention taught me that hard work always pays off.”
Ntokozo Linda Bhembe (WK, 2006-2007): "I think Waterford really helped launch me into the world. It was an incredible experience that shaped me indelibly."
“Paramedicos” actress, Marianna Burelli (Venezuela, WK 00-01), shares how her journey into the world of acting began.
"I want to be a superhero...building a sustainable future" Zayed Future Energy Prize winner, James Bicamumpaka (SWZ, 2011 - 2016)
“Waterford was a very good place. I taught there for 21 years; and all my four children were educated at WK.”
Davis Project for Peace prize awardee, Peneil Ibe (Nigeria 2011 - 2012) shares her story with us.
"Waterford Kamhlaba UWC had a very strong profile in terms of being against apartheid, and setting an example to our neighbors."
This month we catch up with Jama Mahlalela (WK 1993 - 1994), who is currently an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors of the NBA.