Before joining Raleigh, I and my family struggled living. Especially when having or getting a clean and reliable water source. With the life I had, I still managed to study and finished high school. After finishing high school, I mostly helped my parents to build our new house and planted the vegetables.
I joined Raleigh because I wanted to improve my English and to have a unique experience. I also wanted to be more confident with myself especially when it comes to decision making and leading a group. I wanted to know how things work and look at them from a different perspective.
One of my best moments on expedition was teaching my fellow venturers how to speak in Malay. I felt touched when I saw that they were enjoying themselves. I never thought that someone like me (a boy from a small village) could actually do something that could help people from around the world, I didn’t think I had anything to offer that could be useful for them. From that day on my confidence started to build up slowly. Although I have to admit that teaching them was really nerve wracking, but I told myself to keep calm and just be confident in what I was doing. Over-all it was a feeling of huge achievement.
The main thing that I learnt was leadership skills. Coming from a background where I only do what I’m told to do and never have the chance to be in charge of anything is something new that I’m learning to get used to. Being in a group with International Venturers also has its perks of learning other languages such as Spanish. Yes, I now know a bit of Spanish (Laughing). I also learnt how to cook and build things. Although it might not seem much, I’ve noticed that just by being exposed to new things I have changed so much. In a good way that is. Being surrounded by positivity and PMs who really want to help me grow as a person has opened my eyes and my mind.
After Raleigh I plan to go to college and to continue my studies. Frankly speaking, I have been quite lost for a while on what to study. Having Raleigh come and help my village has sparked something in me which I didn’t know was there until I experienced my Raleigh journey. It has given me a clear sense on what I want to do with my life and my future.