What happens at Malmsbury? We hand over to Doxa staff member Laura Thomas to give us perspective on her experience managing a group of young people from Collingwood English Language School who recently participated in a 3-day Camp.
Students from Collingwood English Language School arrived via V/Line on 21st June and spent 3 days participating in multiple activities around the camp. During this program, they undertook team initiative activities, gym games, low ropes and high rope activities such as leap of faith, rock climbing and giant swing. I had the pleasure of working with them during their giant swing experience. This was an opportunity that offered a challenge, they had the choice to participate and had to choose how far they wanted to push their comfort zone by going higher on the swing. The whole time during this session they felt fully supported by their team. This activity teaches the students respect, teamwork and communication.
“These students were a great group to work with and I feel privileged to have been a part of their experience here at Doxa.”
I saw the change in the students from the time they stood up to me in their harness from the time they came down the ladder after their giant swing. I saw how the students approached me with fear and excitement in their eyes and expressed their nerves even with a language barrier. I have a short period of time while clipping them in to build a trusting relationship with them.
“Most of these students have come from a war-torn country seeking refuge so trusting and building relationships is a big ask.”
As their group pulls them up higher and higher they trust their team to respect their choices and trust me with their safety. We, as a group, count them in 3, 2, 1, they pull the rope and you see their face light up with excitement and adrenaline. We have helped them build a relationship with their team and know that they can trust and feel safe.