VYLC China Departure Camp: A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step
On Saturday 26th of August, a small selection of students participated in the VYLC Departure Camp. Ten of us from SCHS, rendezvoused within the heart of the city, and we were met with the sights of students from various schools. This camp was in preparation for a 6-week long journey to China that would include education, tourism and fun.
The activities held at the camp focused on the quality of leadership, preparing us for the endeavours that would forseek us in China. On the first day of the departure camp, I felt that it was quite overwhelming and daunting due to the sheer number of students gathered together in one building.
For the first few activities throughout the first day of the departure camp, I kept to myself and wasn’t very open, despite the fact that the clear focus of the activities was encouraging us to socialise with students from other schools. Many of the activities which we participated in allowed us to take leadership opportunities in various ways, such as contributing and communicating in a group environment to create a tower out of pasta.
Apart from activities, we also listened to talks about culture and what it is, how to improve our personal leadership qualities and expectations we had for the VYLC China Trip.
On the final day of the camp, I felt much more comfortable and confident, as I had the opportunity and time to make new friends, whilst also creating and strengthening relationships I have with my peers. Overall, the VYLC Departure Camp, although as cliché as it sounds, was a roller coaster ride, with an abundance of emotions felt throughout the camp, such as anxiety, excitement and everything in between.
Finally, I would like to thank our Principal Mr Axup, supporting this program, giving us the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to represent SCHS and Australia in China. Also, I would like to give a special thanks to our teacher Mr Yan, for his involvement and enthusiasm for the program, as he has sacrificed his time, energy and efforts to guide us as individuals, along our own separate journeys.