Why is participating in a camp good for your future self?
It all started in a brainstorming session when one of our teammates had an amazing idea..He said: “Hey, what if we make an international camp for people who can share ideas and experiences between each other?”. And since that day we started to bring more ideas and develop One World Institute Summer Camp. It’s a very scary and exciting process at the same time because we have never done this before. Since the launch it had a very big impact and people are interested in joining the camp.
Advantages of participating in a Summer Camp
Let me tell you some advantages about attending a summer camp in a different country.
First of all, obviously, the international environment. Whether you’re just hopping a couple hours away or flying halfway across the world, the people you meet abroad are the most memorable parts of joining a camp abroad or a volunteering program. Nothing is quite as invigorating as exploring a new location with international people.
Do you think you’re different? Why are you different or why not? Are you curious about stories from other countries? What’s the most interesting thing about your country? Now imagine having these conversations with people from all over the world. Sounds interesting, huh ?
You get the opportunity to explore a new country, immerse yourself in new cultures and meet people from all over the world.
On the other hand, the experience itself. One of the main things you will notice is that international exchange between people brings you self-development. You will be thrust into new situations that you might not have experienced before and you will learn how to adapt quickly in these instances.
As young people most of us have a pretty established comfort zone. We become comfortable in these daily roles and the idea of breaking out of them can be very scary and uncomfortable.
The problem is, you learn the most in unfamiliar and uncomfortable situations. In our daily routines, you know how to act and respond to people and your surroundings. Being in a new place, with different people, who hold different values and go about life differently (or not so differently you may find) strips all that familiarity away.
It can be scary, but once you figure out that you can connect with people despite differences, and you can navigate foreign environments, you become a smarter, more competent individual. Embrace the discomfort. Search for it, because it is helping you grow.
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