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July 30, 2009

Sorry about the long gap between posts… It’s been a busy couple of weeks!

I’m currently just over half way through the training week for my Experience Exchange Programme placement. It has been a great week so for – challenging and thought provoking, but also an opportunity for affirmations and deepening friendships.

Over the next week or so I hope to introduce you to a number of my fellow EEPs, (and possibly even get them to post a little about what they’re hoping to do) but in the mean time here’s a very quick synopsis.

  • Adam, from Farnham, going to South Africa
  • Darren, from Salisbury, going to Zambia
  • David, from Woking, going to the Philippines
  • Heather, from Freuchie, going to South Africa
  • Jo, from Maidstone, going to Peru
  • Rob, from Edinburgh, going to Zimbabwe
  • Simon, from Alsager, going to Tonga

One of the things we’ve been talking about this week is the concept of Ubuntu – we are who we are because of our community.

We all come from different backgrounds and have different experiences which have brought us to this point. We’re all about to go and join different communities, to live with them, work with them and learn from them. This week we are forming the start of our own little community as well, and we’re learning how we can support each other and draw strength from each other.

We are a very diverse group. One of the most striking things to have come out of our sessions this week is that despite this diversity, we look out for each other, we look for the intention behind the words and we are able to receive from one another. In our very small community we’re all growing because of each other, and will be more ready to confront the challenges of the coming year because of each other.

Ubuntu is not just a concept – it’s a way of being… the way of being.

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