I was a Champion in 2015. After hearing Jo and past Champions talk about this incredible program, I thought it would be an amazing experience. I already knew that I wanted to be a teacher and thought that this trip would give me great teaching experience. It provided me with so much more – the ability to be pushed outside of my comfort zone, the chance to learn from other teachers, the importance of collaboration and the ability to reflect on my practice. The most important things I learned however, were from the kids, that having joy every day will get you through anything and building relationships with peers and students will get you further than anything else.
My favourite memory was arriving at school every morning and being swarmed by the students. And then having the opportunity to play with them during recess and lunch times and learning from the students. This trip brought me so many friendships and opportunities that I am eternally grateful for.