Friday 27 October 2023

The Award In Action—Award Participant Shanyka Bhandary

 Report by Shanyka Bhandary, Grade X, JBCN International School, Borivali.

Reflecting on my Adventure Journey of The International Award for Young People, I remember the quote, "People forget years and remember moments."


As I approach the completion of the Bronze level of The Award Programme, guided by the dedicated coordination of Mrs. Madhuri Gour and the entire IAYP team, I can unequivocally say it has been a profoundly enriching experience. The International Award for Young People embodies a holistic and integrated approach to learning, weaving together elements of service and competence, which have unquestionably elevated my life skills. Life often presents challenges, but my expedition to Wada was a golden opportunity promising an extraordinary adventure filled with heart-pounding thrills and captivating beauty. This high-energy adventure led me to scale rocky peaks and zip-line through dense canopies. Navigating demanding terrain and embracing various wild challenges with expert guides allowed me to immerse myself in the natural magnificence of untouched landscapes. Engaging in courses like river crossing and commando training bolstered my self-confidence and physical strength, which are essential to overcoming adversity.

I acquired organisational skills, honed my ability to use a compass to find my way through lush greenery, and mastered various knot-tying techniques. These skills enriched my knowledge and deepened my friendships with my peers. Furthermore, they contributed to my personal growth by enhancing my leadership and team coordination abilities, as exemplified in team activities such as terrorist treasure hunts, team obstacle courses, and quiz games.
Interactions with indigenous people during the journey provided unique insights into their way of life, fostering a profound appreciation for local cultures and traditions. Capturing breathtaking moments through photography and encountering diverse wildlife in their natural habitats added another richness to this adventure. This experience seamlessly blended adrenaline-fueled excitement, encounters with natural wonders, and deep cultural immersion, leaving me with an insatiable appetite for more.

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