You're in a "Wave" of sixty people you've never met and there are five groups of twelve (obviously..). My group was amazing and I lovelovelove them. There were seven girls and five boys; King, Nick, Steve, Jamie, Darren, Alice, Shria, me, Clara, Rhianna, Shanelle and Lauren. The first week, you get to stay in cadets camp in Durham and we did a thirteen mile hike, camping, canoeing, rock climbing up and abseiling down a cliff and a first aid course.. bit of an anticlimax. But it was so great! Allow me to share some photos with you.
|Unfortunately, this is me|
In the second week, you stay in university halls of residence with people from your group. You make your own meals each night and have to clean up aaaall the time, eurgh. You go out and do work for the community in the area of either sport (which was us), drama, media, photography or enterprise everyday for a week. We coached children in a school in Peckham (SCARY!) in football and basketball. At the end of the week, you present everything you've been doing to an audience of like a hundred people.
|Preparing for the coaching|
|Love dis! L-R: King, Nick, Darren, Stevie, Clara, Shria, Stefan, Jamie, Alice, me,|
Lauren, Lindsey, Shanelle, Rhianna
|My favourite one. L-R: Jamie, Darren, King, Clara, Stevie, Lindsey,|
Alice, Shanelle, Lauren, Stefan, Rhianna, Shria, Nick, me.
So, to anyone in year eleven in the UK now, do it do it do it! It sounds so lame and cheesy but it's probably the best thing I've done this year. There's a few extra community projects to do in September but it's still fun. Since we've all met back at the start of July, I've not gone longer than three weeks without seeing them. We're going out on Saturday to Nando's actually because it will be three weeks then! I actually love that place so much. Anyway, sign up to the Challenge here: http://www.the-challenge.org/. I hope I've sold it to you... promise they're not paying me to advertise.
Song of la day:
Stay This Far Away - Kate McGill