Wilderness Engagement: Hong Kong

For my grade 11 expeditions(field studies), a small group of 11th graders, including myself, went to Hong Kong to learn how to sail. The first day was learning how the sailing boat works and learning the basics and essentials to sailing. Once, our group learned how to sail a boat, we were on our way to another island.

The journey had been a very tough challenge, as the weather was not on our side. When we were sailing, for most of the time, it had been raining and it was freezing. In addition to that, there was no wind, we were not able to sail. Therefore, we ended up rowing a sailing boat in the rain. Although this experience was not the best, I was able to experience what it feels like to be in the wilderness.

This journey has taught me a lot. Living in the wilderness is not an easy thing and everything does not go according to plan. Therefore, we need to be able to adapt and this will help us in our daily lives. In our daily lives, not everything goes according to plan. In school, several things happen and things don’t go according to plan, therefore, but after this Hong Kong trip, I was able to adapt to complicated situations and work things out.

Being able to adapt was not the only skill I learned in this trip. Through our trip, I was able to talk to people I usually don’t talk to and I was able to be more collaborative. Below is a picture of us at the end of the trip:

As I have stated before, there was no wind and it was raining, so we had to work together to be able to land on the island we were aiming for. Although there were some conflicts and several grumpy people on the journey when rowing, we were able to encourage each other and we believe that our work paid off as we were able to actually sail for the last bit of the trip and successfully make it to the island.

In conclusion, I can say that I was able to engage in the wilderness and gain several skills. I was able to gain/improve, skills such as being able to adapt and collaborative skills, which help in my daily life and I believe that my experience in Hong Kong will help me thrive as a global citizen.