School for Student Leadership VYLC (Victorian Young Leaders to China) Update
The past three weeks here in China have been just as hectic as the first, assignments, border crossing and lots of walking.
The second week was our first service activity where we ran games for the school community where we are staying. Everyone enjoyed it and met some new people, some were better at English than others. The rest of the week was furthering our Mandarin skills and preparing for our trip across the border to Pak Lap, Hong Kong. We arrived there after a typhoon had hit so our sleeping arrangements were a little disturbed. The activities were all hands on like sea kayaking, abseiling and raft building. The group Wonthaggi was in, had the only raft that stayed in one piece when put on the water. We managed to complete all the tasks before some of the bamboo snapped causing the raft to collapse after some members of the other groups climbed on. Almost everyone got sun burnt at Pak Lap and there was one more serious injury inflicted on one of the students, but everyone including them found the week really fun.
We returned in week three to comfy beds and air conditioned rooms after sleeping in tents for a week. We spent most of this week going out of the school and learning about the history of this area, whilst also still having fun. We saw some people from Lithuania just before they were disappointed by their loss to Australia in the basketball. The whole VYLC group on the first of September, hiked four kilometres up a slow inclined mountain to see the big Buddha, this was just a warm up for what we will be doing next week though.
All the students and teachers are now preparing to travel four and a half hours to a minority village, where we spend a week working with them and experience the traditional Chinese ways of doing things. We will also be hiking up a mountain that is 1417 metres above sea level and will take much longer than the first hike.
– Luke Bramley