Why did you choose this program?
Both my older brother and cousin have done this programme prior to me. Hearing what an amazing experience this was for them and seeing the change in them, made coming to this programme a very easy choice for me to make.
I've always liked to challenge myself, but never actually got out of my comfort zone in doing so.
What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?
Because my older brother already did the programme prior to me, there were a few things he could pass on to me - which was great.
Other than that, the Warriors Academy helped me out with stuff I couldn't get/bring myself since I live overseas and it ended up being a lot easier just getting it on site. These were mainly things for outside activities, such as biking gear, hiking gear, and a tent.
What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?
Just go in and participate in every way possible. Don't think about it, be open to experience everything. There will most definitely be things you won't like, but you'll be surprised finding out there are actually quite a few things you really do like, just never had the opportunity to pursue it.
Also, as long as you put your mind to it, you're capable of doing everything and anything.
What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?
Okay, so it's quite valuable to know that literally every single day is different, let alone the weeks.
But generally, you start your day off with some lovely morning exercise after which you return to your rooms to shower and get ready for the day. After breakfast (if you're lucky, there are oats), you go and do whatever activity is planned for that day!
Somewhere around noon, you'll have lunch and somewhere beginning of the evening, dinner. That's pretty much all I can say about an average day. Food is great there.
Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?
I don't think there was a specific fear? I was lucky enough to have met most of the people who are in the organisation of this programme prior to me actually joining it. So I guess that already made me feel a lot more comfortable going to the other side of the world by myself.
Other than that, I would recommend being open-minded and not being afraid to talk to people whenever you're struggling with something.
If you could do this trip again, what would you change?
Looking back at my experience, I wouldn't change a thing. There were a few times I was very much set on not doing something, but I'm extremely happy I did end up doing these things/trying it out.
The thing is, during this incredible programme, there are a lot of opportunities that are thrown at you and most of these you won't get a chance of experiencing ever again. You don't want to look back regretting things you didn't do.
Be grateful, cause it's a chance in a lifetime!