Today’s blog is brought to you by Jessica Walton, International Fellow at PeacePlayers-Cyprus. PeacePlayers-Cyprus hosted Nesodden IF during last week’s Leadership Development (LDP) Retreat.
Last Thursday, PeacePlayers-Cyprus welcomed friends from Norway (Nesodden IF) to Cyprus to participate in a week long leadership development retreat. Kids participated in a wide range of activities like Lead 4 Peace community service programming, communication/leadership presentations, high ropes course team building exercises and of course, basketball training!
The Retreat began in Pafos, where the kids explored the Pafos Archeological Park. After Pafos, participants arrived in Agros to begin their basketball training and continue leadership development programming.
Just like Twinnings, the LDP Retreat was a bicommunal event. Both Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot youth came together to learn about the importance of becoming strong leaders at an early stage. Together they reflected on how they can grow both together and individually to see positive changes within their own teams and communities.
One of the most notable moments at the retreat was listening to each of the kids give their community service project presentations to their peers. It really highlighted just how incredible the kids really are. Through the LDP program both Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot kids were able to not only learn about the process of becoming a leader, but then applied those skills to their own personal projects for the betterment of their communities. From holding food drives, to volunteering at animal shelters and coaching in their communities, our PeacePlayers-Cyprus young leaders have really grown into leaders. Listening to them present to each other was really special.
The retreat came to a conclusion in Limassol, where kids and staff participated in team building exercises like a high ropes obstacle course, testing our abilities to work as a cohesive unit and helping us conquer our fear of heights. Both PeacePlayers-Cyprus and Nesodden IF had a fun-filled, exciting week and were able to walk away from their experience as better people, friends and leaders!
PeacePlayers-Cyprus would also like to thank Adidas for their generous donation of t-shirts and basketballs, helping make our LDP Retreat even more successful for our kids!