I first joined OBHK as a teen participant when I was 12. I was very inspired then about learning in the outdoor . After returning to HK after my studies, I started my first job as an OBHK instructor. It was a transformative experience.
I really enjoyed my time with OBHK, I think it has transformed me as a person, on how to be a better leader and instructor, and empowering others to reach their potentials. I also use the experiential-learning approach now as the Founder of a social enterprise to curate my programs for corporates and schools. I think the methodology and philosophy of OB has made a lasting impact on how I lead my business now, and my personal philosophy of always striving for the best in whatever I do. Working with differently-abled individuals at OBHK also helps me with my work in diversity and inclusion now as a trainer on unconscious bias and minority rights.
4ºC morning dip （每天還沒有天亮，全身浸入海中）
This really helps me to prepare my future career.
The course is tough and challenging but it is rewarding. Everything was new to me on the first day of the course. I was always staying in the indoors and was very excited to know that I was not going to sleep on a bed and get any hot showers!
At first, I thought the biggest challenges at Outward Bound was polishing the hard skills. Never did I believe that it was handling my mental challenges. I did not have showers for days, I cooked for myself and my teammates for the first time in the wild, allocated all the resources and roles including the hiking routes and safety plans – all by myself.
The hard and soft skills that I have acquired in this journey prepare me to be a better person. I would not be this much of a confident person if I had not tried all the new things at Outward Bound course. I feel proud to be more self-responsible now.
I feel good and happy. I am thinking of new life and new things to learn when I back home.
The programme I joined was a 18-day Second Chance programme. I think Outward Bound is not just for fun. We are here to achieve our goals and to know our weakness.
Day 14 was an unforgettable day throughout the 18-day journey. I suddenly realized something. I had come this far of this journey and there was nothing to be scared of in the future. As a good mountain climber never looks up to see how far he has gone instead he looks down to see how far he has come. This was the reason kept me to reach my goals and I did not want to give up after my journey even I was mentally and physically tired. I knew deep down in my heart I could do it. I believe I can do a lot that I can imagine.
I was in the middle of nowhere. I felt lost when I knew I was about to graduate. The last time I joined Outward Bound course was in Form 5. The course was sponsored by Outward Bound Hong Kong. I still remember how the course has brought a big impact to me – to cheer me up, to find my true self, and to improve my engagement and performance in learning.
The second time I joined an Outward Bound course was the transition period from high school to University. I lost my direction, I feared, and I did not know what to do next. I struggled with my confidence and with feelings of anxiety about the future. I think during periods of difficulty and change, social and emotional skills become particularly important to me. I could not learn these skills from schools but Outward Bound was a good ‘shelter’ for me to take a break.
I really like the Solo part of the journey. It gave me the opportunity to relax on the grassy land and a precious quiet time to have a clear mind. When I went home from the course, I was more positive to handle difficulties ahead. Thank you Outward Bound!
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