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Over the summer a New Zealand delegation (4 from Auckland, 1 from Christchurch) attended the “Wake Up! It’s our time, our place, our world” Step Up in Christchurch, New Zealand. The camp started with a leaders training weekend where I spent 2 days bonding with and getting to know the leaders and staff group at the camp site while the delegates Amber, Josh, Tom, and Jamie spent time together at a homestay for the weekend doing some bonding of their own!
Once the delegates arrived the camp really took off and we could start planning and running activities and having as much fun as we could pack into 3 weeks. A Step Up, as the name suggests, is about the delegates stepping up and taking responsibility for their camp. The staff and leaders planned the activities for the first couple of days to show the delegates some best practice examples, but once the first few days were over it was time for the participants to take over the camp! We had delegations from New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, USA, Sweden, Canada, Denmark, Italy, and Germany.
When I first heard that I was going to a CISV Summer Village camp, I was so excited. This would be my first trip in a plane. It was really cool when we received the first pre-camp email with pictures of where I was going to stay, lots of information about camp, and the countries that would be there.
A CISV Summer Village camp is a month-long camp for 11 year olds. 12 countries are invited to each camp, and bring a delegation of two boys and two girls, and their leader, usually a young adult from their local CISV chapter. My delegation consisted of myself, Kayla Nash, Oli MacCallum, Acasia O’Connell, and our leader Sophie Presland, a university student. We met up about five times before our departure to get to know each other and prepare our NZ presentation.
On the day I was leaving, I woke feeling nervous but excited at the same time. I left school early and had a rest because my flight was leaving close to midnight. At the airport I met up with my delegation, said goodbye to our families and hopped on the plane. The trip was about 30 hours long, stopping in Shanghai and Zurich. I watched the LEGO MOVIE eight times. The first time flushing a plane toilet gave me a fright!
Everybody came to minicamp excited and looking forward to another minicamp and seeing all their friends again. The moment we got there, we were all welcomed by hugs and smiles and we dropped our things off in our cabins as we got prepared for the first activity of the weekend.
Kids Minicamp Report (9 – 13 yr olds):
Minicamp kicked off on Friday night with energisers and name games to get to know each other. Once we were all familiar with each other’s names, we got together to make our placemats for the following day. After supper, lullabies and flag it was lights out to get us recharged for a busy Saturday ahead.
An Auckland delegation team led by Sophie has taken off to Barcelona, Spain. They will be spending four weeks with other delegation teams around the world. Have fun guys, and bring back loads of stories!
Minicamp this weekend was held at Piha. Our first activity on Friday evening after playing soccer whilst waiting for everyone to arrive, started with name games, so that we all got to introduce ourselves and was a good icebreaker for the camp.
What a success! The CISV Auckland chapter has hosted a Village programme, It’s My Choice, from the end of December 2013. We had participants from various countries: Australia, Brazil, China, France, Guatemala, NZ, Philippines, Sweden, Thailand, and USA.
When the kids first arrived to the camp site, they were greeted by the staff and JCs in a red carpet style; they walked through a corridor with paparazzi and fans at sides going crazy for their arrivals! In the first week, they were a little shy; not exactly knowing what to say or do. Meeting a whole group of strangers from all over the world is rather scary when you think about it! Especially if English isn’t your first language … read more