Hi, my name is Kevin and I’m one of the eight young people on a GAP year at Challenge 2000 this year. During the week I spend three days doing tutoring and doing recreation at Challenge College. I enjoy it because I have been able to help the students with work that they struggle with. I have also enjoyed it by being able to attend their field trips and it has opened my eyes to a whole new way of seeing things. But the best part of helping at the College is all the new people that I have gotten to know there, whether it is staff or students. It’s good to be doing something that helps other people and also teaches me something.
Hello, my name is Kirsty and I moved down from Auckland this year to participate in the Challenge GAP programme. One of the many things that I do is support the young people at the Newlands Community Centre drop-in/opt-in programmes after school from 3-5pm. We try to provide a positive, energetic environment in which the local youth of the community can enjoy opt-in options such as drama, sports or art days or just chill out playing table tennis, basketball or touch instead of hanging around bored or causing trouble at the local shops. The youth get to form many friendships and develop themselves in a safe environment. I enjoy seeing the youth all interact with each other and take pride in being part of the local community. I’m also doing a Youth Work Certificate and its great to see the Youth Development Strategy stuff actually working in practice.
Kia ora, my name is Hutana and I am an ex Rongotai College man. As part of the GAP year myself and two other GAP participants are going to the Phillipines for our month long placement. During my visit to the Philippines I expect that my preconceived notions of how the world works and how things will be there, will be greatly challenged by what I see and experience. On our itinerary is a trip to a local mental hospital, and I have no doubt that this, among other things, will be a hugely harrowing experience for all of us. As well as this, however, I expect that it will be a journey of self discovery and development for us all. Watch this space in October – I can say more then.