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Picture of Botswana's capital city, Gaborone

Kinesiology student Kayla Donnawell was in Botswana, Africa volunteering with the Students Without Borders program (SWB). In this series, Kayla navigates the Botswanan landscape and culture while having the opportunity to teach children, learn about the reality of HIV/AIDS and explore other countries such as Namibia and South Africa. 

In this Series


Okavango delta, botswana; sunset over water
Working in a Hospice with HIV/AIDS patients
Part 1

SFU Kinesiology student Kayla Donnawell is in Botswana, Africa volunteering with the Students Without Borders program (SWB)  In this article, the first of a series, Kayla shares her insights, experiences and reflections of working in a Hospice with HIV/AIDS patients in Gaborone, Botswana.

Giraffe's in the Kalahari Desert
The Kalahari Desert in the Summertime
Part 2

SFU Kinesiology student Kayla Donnawell is in Botswana, Africa volunteering with the Students Without Borders program (SWB)  In this article, the second in the series, Kayla shares her experience of heat stroke in the Kalahari Desert.

Children running and playing
Helping Children Attend School
Part 3

SFU Kinesiology student Kayla Donnawell is in Botswana, Africa volunteering with the Students Without Borders program (SWB).  In this article, the third in the series, Kayla explains her role in helping vulnerable children attend school.

Cement pathway in Gaborone, Botswana
Challenges of the Pace of Life
Part 4

SFU Kinesiology student Kayla Donnawell is in Botswana, Africa volunteering with the Students Without Borders program (SWB). In this article, the fourth in the series, Kayla shares some of the challenges of the pace of life in Botswana.

aerial photo of the Okavango River in Botswana
Kayla, I Swam the Delta
Part 5

SFU Kinesiology student Kayla Donnawell is in Botswana, Africa volunteering with the Students Without Borders program (SWB). In this article, the fifth in the series, Kayla swims the Delta, meets elephants and chased by a hippo.

aerial view of Garborone, the city Kayla stayed in
Reality of HIV/AIDS in Botswana
Part 6

SFU Kinesiology student Kayla Donnawell is in Botswana, Africa volunteering with the Students Without Borders program (SWB).  In this article, the sixth in the series, Kayla discusses the reality of HIV/AIDS in Botswana.

San people smiling and laughing
The Gods Must be Crazy
Part 7

SFU Kinesiology student Kayla Donnawell is in Botswana, Africa volunteering with the Students Without Borders program (SWB).  In this article, the seventh in the series, Kayla shares her weekend travels around Botswana.

aerial view of Swakopmund, Namibia
Exploring Namibia
Part 8

SFU Kinesiology student Kayla Donnawell is in Botswana, Africa volunteering with the Students Without Borders program (SWB).  In this article, the eighth in the series, Kayla explores Namibia and gets stuck several times in the sand dunes.

aerial view of south african landscapes
Exploring South Africa
Part 9

SFU Kinesiology student Kayla Donnawell is in Botswana, Africa volunteering with the Students Without Borders program (SWB).  In this final article, the winds guide Kayla to South Africa where she explores Capetown and Durban before heading home.

view of capetown, south africa
Home Sweet Home
Part 10

As Kayla returns home from Botswana, there is much to reflect upon the differences between cultures and the way of living. Read what Kalya has to say and how International Co-op has brought her to an epiphany.