Peeling the Layers Back
My wrap-up, write-up. After three long grueling weeks here Cambodia I am sitting at the keyboard trying to figure out what to write about. Food, I covered. The kids, I covered. Now it’s time to figure out what I would like my last post to be about. Culture? The sights? The country’s volatile history? All of those have been a huge part of our trip and one could spend days writing about any one of those topics. I myself tossed idea after idea about what to write about but one kept coming back to me and sticking in my head, Global Leadership.
One of the standout parts of the EDventure program are the classes that we the volunteers have to take. It’s our time to sit in the classroom and learn for ourselves. The Global Leadership classes have given me a great insight into the crucial qualities that one needs to possess in order to be a competent leader in today’s every increasing global community. When we sat down and started to not only learn the qualities of global leaders but also to learn which qualities we ourselves already possessed, we really started the peel the layers back and learn more about ourselves and each other. The classes take a very objective approach to each individual’s weaknesses and strengths and pushes them to think critically and open-mindedly about themselves. We were able to learn more about ourselves in a safe and constructive arena, while growing and bonding with the other volunteers in a way that not only felt safe but trusting.
Everyone enters a new situation with some walls and reservations. Our Global Leadership classes did a great job of allowing each individual to pull their wall down at their speed, while at the same time pushing each person to construct a stronger foundation of themselves. After three intense leadership classes I have left with a greater sense of myself, my beliefs and what I can offer the individual as well as the world and the global community we have become.