Aloha from Wahiawa – my new home!
A week ago, I arrived at Surfing the Nations. Surfing the Nations is a non-profit humanitarian organisation. It impacts local and international communities through the sport of surfing and selfless service by meeting needs and changing lives.
The next three months, I will be doing the Leadership Training Program (LTP – it was called SLS before) with 7 other people from America, Finland, Canada and Switzerland. This program is designed to equip new staff members while doing several personality tests, finding out strengths, improving teamwork and learning to impact the community most effectively. In LTP we will also practice public speaking, organise events and go on adventure trips. After these months, we will be placed in a department where all the Leadership Trainees will be helping for the next few months.
A lot has already happened the past week. After moving into room 205 with two bedrooms, a small kitchen and bathroom, buying a lot of toilet paper and meeting my new roomies, we started the new year with the staff kickoff conference. The theme of the year “take more risk” was released and it couldn’t fit more into the situation that I’m in right now. I took quite a risk to come to Hawaii for 15 months and leave it all behind. It starts to feel like home more and more and I couldn’t be happier about it.
Our LTP class went MMA fighting, which was a lot of fun. Then, we had the privilege to go on a military base to do a 2 hour CrossFit workout. The creativity of the leaders has also been challenged. With the lovely Robin Appasamy (check her out here: www.robinappasamy.com) we had the chance to paint our hearts out for a whole afternoon. It was funny, a day before that I wrote in my journal that I want to become more creative and challenge myself when it comes to it. So, I got a little taste of the artist life already :-) Besides all the fun activities, we got plenty information about finances, rules and how the next months will look like. Today, it was the first time we were challenged as a LTP class. Since the new interns are arriving (Internship - the program I did exactly a year ago), we got to prepare a barbecue for 85 people. It all worked out pretty well and our teamwork was great!
It is an exciting time for all of us. We will be challenged like never before, step out of our comfort zone many times and learn how to work together as a team. I am stoked on what it’s to come and I want you all to be part of what I am doing here. If you have any questions, please let me know. I would love to talk more about the organisation that is so dear to my heart. Until next time! Love, Isa