Today’s blog is written by Senior International Fellow, Sarah Frazier, who recently traveled to Norway with four PPI-SA LDP Participants for the Lead4Peace Leadership Camp. She shares about her time in Norway attending the camp.
What a way to start of the year! This past week I traveled to Norway with four PPI-SA participants for the Erasmus+ Lead4Peace Camp. I am no stranger to travel, but I must say, this trip stands out as one of my favorites.This was a highly anticipated trip, for the participants ( Nomfundo, Ayanda, Meagan and Thetha) because they were going to be reunited with friends they met in Cyprus, during phase one of the Erasmus+ LeadPeace Camp last year. A huge thank you to Nesodden IF Basket club and the community who raised money to cover costs that allowed me and the participants to take part!
It was so great to watch the PPI-SA participants reunited with their friends from other PPI sites, as well as seeing them experiencing the snow and activities like dog sledding for the first time. Another highlight was seeing how close the participants became with their host families. This is what made this camp really unique and memorable. Now, the participants can say they have another family in Norway.
The participants also got to give presentations to groups of students about South African culture, history, and what it is like to be a young person growing up in South Africa. It was a great opportunity for our participants to share information about South Africa, their culture, language, and represent themselves, their communities, KZN, and the Republic of South Africa as a whole.
To end,on behalf of PPI-SA, the participants and their parents, I really want to thank the Nesodden IF Basket club, parents and community for EVERYTHING! This trip would have not been possible without you all.
THANK YOU. SIYABONGA. BAIE DANKIE.