I wrote this reflection last week, reflecting on camp the week before. 32 girls participated on this camp, and I am sure we all took something out of it that will remain forever in our hearts.
Considering all I could think of to rhyme with Yookamurra was kookaburra, I decided to avoid poetry this time when reflecting upon my experience (which is quite a rare occurrence). What a unique experience it was over the past week: to have my mind and my heart opened. I felt open to new animals, new people, new environments and new ways of life. On the weeklong Social Justice journey I not only discovered things about a local school environment, but also about the environment in a wildlife sanctuary in South Australia called Yookamurra. I even discovered things about myself that I had never considered before, such as how I feel so joyful and fulfilled when with younger children (not to mention my incomprehensible allergy discovered at Adelaide Airport- Coca Cola). I had the opportunity over the past week to be immersed in an underprivileged school on the Mornington Peninsula. I was able to not only assist in the classrooms, but also get to know the children at the schools and engage in creative activities with them at lunchtime. I also had the opportunity to learn about observing, tracking and identifying animals and plants at Yookamurra. It was my first time doing anything in such a rural area, and I think once I really became engrossed in the activities I came to enjoy this experience far more than I first thought I would. If it is true what they say, that we are shaped as humans from our experiences, then I hope that this experience will have molded me into an open-minded and persistent person. I cannot wait to experience even more of what the world has to offer by participating in Beyond Boundaries in the years to come.