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ISLP Int'l Diplomacy Feedback, China - Alexandra Higgins

I attended the international Diplomacy programme in China. It was an amazing experience and to be honest I can really only identify positive aspects. It was very well organised, with interesting activities that I felt provided a good balance between tourist and academic activities. Coming from South Africa I was introduced to an area I had previously not engaged with in terms of international politics and the way this works. I felt the programme encouraged long lasting friendships and truly was a phenomenal learning experience, one that I was able to grow from. Another important positive element I feel important to mention is that I constantly felt safe in China due to the organisation of the programme.

All in all it offered interesting challenges and I felt those running the programme made it all the more easier to face those challenges. I found no negative aspects with this opportunity and would happily recommend it to other golden key members. I hope to work with the ISLP at some point in the future as a result of the fantastic experience I had.

In terms of a quote I follow, "Have the courage to believe in yourself and follow your heart".

Thank you again for the wonderful opportunities Golden Key provides and I hope the festive season was a good one. All the best for the New Year.

Alexandra Higgins

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ISLP Business Delegation, USA Feedback from Willem van Lienden

I attended the ISLP's student delegation on business to the USA in June 2012. A programme of the events we attended and participated in is attached.

This programme was very well organised and very informative. Our group leaders (facilitators) were professional, respectful and intelligent and showed a real interest in every student and his/her background. There is a lot to be learned from students from other countries and the discussions we had about living conditions, cultures and traditions, and the way each of our countries conduct business, were extremely interesting (in some cases eye-opening). Being exposed to different cultures (even on a small scale such as this) is an invaluable experience and will help each person understand that we are all different and think differently about various topics.

There were no negative experiences during the trip. Students are allowed to roam free in their spare time and soak up their environment, experiencing first-hand the people of the USA. Our accommodation was first class, and two more than adequate meals a day were provided for.

During the first week we visited the Capitol, White House and Smithsonian Museums in Washington D.C. and experienced the pride and history of the people of the USA. New York was probably the most memorable experience for me. Go to Times Square, Central Park or just walk the streets of Manhattan and one understands why this is such a great city. Visit the World Trade Center site, walk down Wall St, as well as go up the Empire State Building for the most magical view of the city.

The cultural extension option is a must do. Much more relaxed than the first week and an opportunity to experience student life at UCLA as well as go the beach in Santa Monica. And of course, there's a tour of Hollywood and Universal Studios LA - amazing!

I would absolutely recommend this programme to fellow GK members.

"A unique opportunity to travel and see the world while enriching your understanding of global business cultures and customs. An unforgettable experience!"

Willem van Lienden

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Welcome to Stephan Gericke - New SA GK Staff member

Please welcome Stephan Gericke to the Golden Key South African Team! Based on his academic background, experience in leadership, managerial and networking positions, as well as his prior involvement with Golden Key he will be a beneficial contributor to the South African operations. Welcome Stephan! Some background on Stephan: He has been involved in Golden Key for several years since 2007. He was a recipient of the Chapter Award at the Golden Key New Member Ceremony and he soon became a committee member at the University of Pretoria Chapter where he served on various portfolios. For the term 2009 – 2010 he served as the Chapter President at UP and was appointed CoSM for South Africa. He was fortunate to attend the International conferences/summits and represented a thriving chapter at both events: New Orleans in 2008, and Orlando in 2009. In 2012 he received the Golden Key Study Abroad Award to support his MPhil studies in Music and Science at the University of Cambridge, UK.

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Farewell – Hope Khoza

31 July 2012 marked the end of Hope Khoza, Chapter Relations Officer career at Golden Key South Africa. Hope accepted a position at SIFE and we wish her all the best with her future endeavours.

The SA Office Staff Farewell message to Hope:
Hope has been a valuable asset to Golden Key for the past 3 years and 6 months in her capacity as Chapter Relations Officer. She has been a role model to the officers, a motivator and inspiration to the chapters keeping the spirit on campus alive. She was always professional in all she did. She was a true brand ambassador to the Society on and off campus. Hope has been my right-hand lady over the years and lifted a weight of my shoulders when she started in 2009. She was a pillar of strength I always could depend on. No task was too much to ask and I trusted her with all the GK activities and tasks she performed and carried out. Even though she was a colleague - we became true friends and our special travel-chats will be missed.
It was a pleasure to work with her and I took pride in it and watched her grow.

I, on behalf of the SA team, wish her all the best with her new role. Hope - May good fortune, prosperity and success always be on your path. You deserve the best, always.
GK Greetings, Charlene Gunter

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IEASA Golden Key Awards 2012

Each year Golden Key sponsors the International Education Association of South Africa’s awards. This year the awards were given for internationalisation and awarded on Friday, 25 August in the Southern Sun, Cape Town to NMMU and Rhodes University. Congratulations to these two universities – We are proud to have you as chapters.

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International Summit 2012

The Golden Key International Summit was held in Atlanta, GA 26-29 July 2012 at Georgia Tech. 23 South African Golden Key members represented the Society Chapters at this event.

The South African delegates represented the universities of Cape Town, Pretoria, Wits, UJ, Stellenbosch, NMMU, North-West Potchefstroom and Vaal campuses and Free State. It was a remarkable experience listening to inspirational speakers: Hayley Kilpatrick, Founder of Girl Talk and Kyle Maynard, Best Male Athlete with a Disability ESPY Award 2004 and 2012.

Congratulations to four South African Chapters for receiving Key Chapter Awards: Universities Stellenbosch, Pretoria, Witwatersrand and NMMU. Congratulations to 11 chapters for receiving gold chapter status, 3 in Good standing.

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Talita Chumi School Books and Clothing Drive - UFS GK

The University of the Free State Golden Key Chapter visited their adopted orphanage Talita Chumi School. During the visit they donated books for their library, clothing for girls aged 2- 10 years old and played with the children. The executive committee took a tour around the school to identify how they can help improve the state of the school buildings and grounds. “This is the beginning of a great long term relationship; we are passionate about giving back and developing the young, especially those in need.”

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UJ Community Service: Jordan House Outreach

Jordan House old age home community service report
Members of the Golden Key UJ Chapter donned their gloves and gathered their tools for a day of gardening at Jordan House old age home in Sophiatown. We were welcomed with open arms when we offered our help, and with only one gardener and a big property we were glad to be able to assist the home.

So after some raking, cutting, trimming and weeding the garden looked ready for the Easter weekend and we left Jordan House suitably dusty and happy to have given a helping hand to a very deserving place.

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UFS Chapter: Winner of Chapter Service Award US$1000

A brief statement detailing what winning this award means to your chapter

The Golden Key University of the Free State Chapter has received the Chapter Service Award for three consecutive years. We are clearly on the right track, with the utmost of pride.

It is a honour for our chapter to be receiving this award, as we may now continue making a difference in our community. We may now, go out there and make the changes at our current major community Service project Talita Chumi.

The perseverance of my chapter executive committee is driven by the will to keep doing better things for the community as, it is the smiles of the faces of the needy that keep us fulfilled and make us happy we therefore, keep going back to make a difference and in return we are made happy by their humble appreciation and gratitude. As a team, we feed off the happiness we derive from making the less fortunate happy.

Commitment and dedication will always be rewarded and this award is an indication that our hard work has without a doubt paid off.

Thank Golden Key International Honour Society Board of Directors for the reward at hand, we will continue our good deeds.

Written by: Kim Drude
Golden Key UFS Chapter President

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Stellenbosch Chapter: World Book Day 10 April

Golden Key Stellenbosch Chapter is planning on having a book drive to spread a love for reading for World Book Day, which will be on the 23rd of April this year. We know it is the end of term and most students are going home, so please try to bring an old or unused book back to Stellenbosch with you. We would really love to get children's books and plan on giving the books to a local school library. What we do with the books, however, depends on how many and what type of books we get. We'll put a box outside the SSVO (37 Victoria Street) as of the 10th of April.


Please go "like" our facebook page (Golden Key Stellenbosch Chapter) because we're going to be posting the details and plans there. We want to get members and volunteers involved by going to a pre-primary school and reading stories to the children on the 23rd of April.

We really hope you'll support this initiatve and become a part of it!  

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