Hear from our Celanese International Impact Program (CIIP) participants as they reflect on their recent volunteer service in Cape Town, South Africa. The team came together from all regions of the globe for a common goal of giving back. Each participant chose their “Top Four” photos and shared a few special memories.

Jie (Rosemary) Weng (Nanjing, China) “I enjoyed working together to make the facility into a joyful place. We all came to Cape Town for the same reason – to do something for the community here. Now we know we will always have friends from every corner of the world.”





Sylvia Koch (Frankfurt, Germany) “High fives were an easy way to show the kids they did a great job. It was guaranteed to bring a smile to their face! I also liked to give them one-to-one attention through Math and English lessons. It felt good to support the teachers by spending time with those kids who might get lost in a class of 40-plus students.”



Tim McIlwraith (Edmonton, Canada)
“The Celanese International Impact Program (CIIP) introduces you to people who all do different things at Celanese from different parts of the world. I am so happy to return home from this project with my global family! The children had an amazing energy and the little ones loved all the activities we planned. One of my favorite moments was standing still before we hopped to the obstacle course.”



Anna Bursakova (Moscow, Russia) “Teaching was a great experience! Working with this group of girls proved we don’t need to speak the same language to understand each other and learn. During the sports activities there was an amazing energy and positive emotions exchanged in the racing exercises.”




Bernard “BJ” Jefferson (Enoree, SC, USA)
“You can’t help but smile when you walk into the school. The large classes were fun to help with, but the one-on-one lessons were my favorite. I’m was so proud to have been a part of this team. We really transformed the building into something the communitycould safely use.”




Qiaodi (Stephanie) Sun (Jiangsu, Singapore)
“I enjoyed the teamwork painting the underwater world scene on the construction project. It made me recall beautiful memories of my diving days and I couldn’t help dancing once I saw the drawing of the two vivid dancers on the wall. I enjoyed playing and laughing on the playground with these little angels. I also felt full of energy and life when the kids danced on their way back from the school each day.”



Alan Ledezma (Cangrejera, Mexico)
“Upon my first encounter with the kids, they called me something in Xhosa (the local language) that I later found out meant ‘old man.’ I really enjoyed that moment. Working together with my great partner, Candace Reagan, the children’s eyes were full of joy! Everybody on the team worked with love and we all gave our talent and best effort.”




Candace Reagan (Dallas, TX, USA) “I especially enjoyed working one-on-one with this precious little girl. The sports evaluations were such fun for the kids and the teachers (us). Teacher! Teacher! Teacher! Table Mountain is indescribably beautiful, and I’m so glad I was able to experience it with my new forever friends.”





Hear from Mariann Zsigmond (Budapest, Hungary) as she blogs on her service in South Africa.