The Explore Discover Act Way

January 4, 2012 at 2:41 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Explore Discover Act facilitate programs for schools, community groups and corporate clients. Each of our programs reflect our belief in the potential of every individual through a connection to self, others and the world around us. Within each of the experiences offered the participants move through the Explore, Discover and Act phases, providing meaning, purpose and engagement with meaningful connection to action beyond the program.  An outline of these phases appears below:

Explore [the possibilities]

The Explore phase of the program is the beginning of a journey that will allow participants time and space to examine the themes of:

  • Self as an individual
  • Self as part of a team
  • Defining success
  • Communication

This is achieved through practical activities and reflection on the experiences. It is vital that participants see the relevance of the experience to their current situation and are aware of the outcomes of the program. This initial phase allows participants to establish a connection with themselves, each other, the facilitator and the space in an open, supportive, inspiring and challenging environment.

Discover [your potential]

The Discover phase of the program is the continuation of the journey that will provide participants active engagement within challenges that promote the themes of:

  • Challenge
  • Leadership
  • Motivation and passion
  • Community

Participants complete activities that require them to problem solve using a cooperative approach and challenge their individual ideas and comfort zones. As a result participants will discover how they react to and relate to group dynamics, while identifying their potential in various areas of their life.

Act [authentically]

Act is the final phase of the journey that will allow participants to transform their learning into action, through the themes of:

  • Appreciation
  • Connection
  • Respect
  • Responsibility

Emphasis is placed on celebrating the accomplishments of the individual and the group. The individuals are encouraged to establish authentic ways to engage with their passions, confidently applying their learning and establishing networks to assist them achieve their goals.

For more information on specific programs, visit the website or contact the friendly and helpful Explore Discover Act staff.

Meeting my Sponsored Child

January 1, 2012 at 7:18 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Not only was I excited about being able to spend some time volunteering at St. Jude’s but I was also very excited about being able to meet the child that I sponsor there. My cousin had visited the school a year before and met Samwel, visiting his home and meeting his mother and younger brother, so I had seen photos and spoken to her about her experience. Now it was my turn to connect further with the child I had received letters, school reports and photos from over the past couple of years.

Being able to see Samwel around the school during the day, teach him each week during physical education lessons, visit his home and meet his mum and younger brother,  and above all being around a child that had a positive attitude towards the different successes and challenges that he was encountering was an amazing privilege for me. I am consistently inspired when I work with children, they always teach you something in the way they think, interpret, question and surprise, and being around Samwel and the other students at St. Jude’s was no different. Their attitude towards learning showed in their thirst for opportunities to be at school and in the classroom, their love of books and reading, the way they played at full speed whenever they got the chance, and the respect they show their teachers and learning environments. I will always remember that smile of Samwel’s and look forward to following his progress at St. Jude’s from here in Australia.

The photo above is outside Samwel’s family home. It is one room, containing a single bed, lounge, coffee table and other clothes, cooking and cleaning items. Each time I have visited local family homes in the different parts of Africa that I have lived in or visited it has reinforced to me that possessions do not define our lives, the relationships we build, the courage and resilience we demonstrate during our challenges and successes, and the sharing of our gifts and talents is what is important. His mum was so welcoming to me when I visited, I am very grateful for her hospitality and sharing part of her families life journey with me. I consider myself very fortunate to have been able to travel and work in various countries around the world, it has given me a greater awareness and appreciation of my life and the lives of others.

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