18 days without mobile phones can be “a mission impossible” to some young people, not to mention making plans for their future. In late-July, 48 secondary school students left behind their mobile phones and enrolled in the longest Outward Bound programme. The programme is designed to assist young people by exploring their strengths and clarifying their values. Each year, we are honoured to have The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust sponsor students who would otherwise be unable to afford a course with a once-in-a-lifetime path-finding programme. Throughout the programme, students uncovered the power of the natural world and discovered their potential by accepting the challenge of doing something new and different. Some structured goal-setting activities included swimming before sunrise, traversing high ropes, jumping from the jetty, climbing rock faces while blindfolded and summiting mountains in Hong Kong, helping the students clarify priorities, strengthen character, and define a new-self-directed path. The expedition helped students identify goals and create a plan for their future.
The 18-day journey was absolutely a highlight in my life. We approached problems, viewed challenges, and found out solutions in creative ways. I have always found strength and courage to step out of my comfort zone, thanks to my teammates and the OB instructors who had walked along with us in our journey.