Kalia recently went on our Northland schools’ course, Kotahitanga, along with 13 other teenagers, all from the Far North.
For many of us, it was the first time away from our families and the first time in the South Island.
A highlight for me was our service scheme – a day of giving back to the community. Our way of doing this was pioneering our way through blackberry, gorse and many other prickly bushes to help build a section of walking track between Havelock and Picton.
It was a highlight for me because we all worked as a team to get it done - I have the scratches to prove it!
Kotahitanga pushed me to my limits, and I learnt so many new things like coasteering, waka ama, hiking, rock climbing, high ropes, sailing and important skills like listening, time keeping, leadership and working in a team.
I was only able to experience all this with the support of generous donors.
I hope the Outward Bound supporters understand and realise how thankful and grateful I am to them for playing a vital part in my life journey.
Kalia Treblico Leaf, 17
Mind Body Soul (Kotahitanga) - Cobham 651