Kara Willliams

Hello! I am a 2019 and would-be 2020 Champ.

I applied to this program because I was looking for inspiration. I was looking to push myself out of my comfort zone and to learn and teach in an entirely new environment than what I was used to. I was sucked in by the passion and the stories from Dr. Sheppard and those I know who had been in the program before me. Seeing how this experience changed their lives in such amazing ways, I applied and hoped that it would change mine too.

It has been a roller coaster of emotions reliving so many memories that were made last year but as I go through, I always stop for an extra moment on this one.

This photo is one very close to my heart. It was a unity games day at Potter’s Primary school. I remember this day so clearly because it was in this moment where I believe I really learned about creativity again. Throughout the day my mind was blown listening to these brilliant young minds.

They overflow with knowledge, creativity and such pure joy. I think over time I have lost my creativity and will to be free. When I think of where I found it, and how it has become a piece of me again, I am brought back to this moment. This program is truly like none other, and one of the many things that I think is so special about this program is that although we go down as a team to teach life skills to these amazing students, they teach us so much more in return. I learned so much from each and every one of them, but I think one of the most important things I learned from these students was how to open my mind to possibilities again. And even more, how to teach and live freely. On this day at Potter’s Primary these students showed me how to be creative again, and that is a memory that I am so grateful to have shared with them.

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