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Gail Exchange - South Africa #4

Drumming, Brain Profiles and Team Building

Last night we went to Pro Act Lapa (a meeting place) with a bonfire for our first evening of entertainment organised by Prestige College students.  There were songs and gumboot dances (based on railway workers during apartheid) and we were taught how to make fire using the bow method.  After failing several times, everyone eventually managed to get an amber burning in straw and then light a candle.  Everyone then added their fire together, using it to light the bonfire. We were led through an improvised drumming session with traditional African drums, maracas, tambourines, and click sticks. Everyone really enjoyed this and found that it was amazing how we could communicate through music, even without being taught to play the drums.  We finished with hot chocolates and roasted marshmallows.

Today is our second official day of the convention, we learnt about the different sections of the brain and we discovered our brain profiles. We also did several activities to help us understand the different profiles. The purpose of this was to see that we all have different ways of thinking and perceiving things.  Following this, we had a bit of time to work with our teams, building our arguments for the debates that will happen at the end of the week.

To finish the day’s activities, we did a series of team building exercises, including rock climbing, “river crossing” and archery. Although the activities were at times frustrating, we all thoroughly enjoyed them and they succeeded in bringing our groups closer together. We are now excited for the entertainment that is being organised by Kimball Union Academy from the US and Scotch College from Australia.

By Shania Riethmann and Ginevee Engle