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GAIL Conference - New Friends

We have arrived safely in Aberdeen Scotland. It’s almost overwhelming how many different types of people are over here. From race to religion, this year’s GAIL group with over 70 students is very diverse. Today was the opening day of the GAIL convention. Each of us have been assigned to an inter-school group classified under different energy sources e.g tidal energy. Over the next week we’ll be working in our groups, researching our assigned energy sources, lending our prior knowledge about our own countries energy and putting together a presentation based on a particular challenge, still to be explained. But first, we must all get to know each other in our groups and that was the focus of today.

This morning, we were taken to the Robert Gordon sports pitch to engage in a comprehensive team building activity circuit. These activities were primarily action based but also had a strong element of problem-solving to it. From rock climbing to assembling a tent as a group while being blindfolded, the activities really did challenge us. However, they also brought us closer together as a group.

After this, we were taken to the Robert Gordon Performing Arts and Science facility. We had a guest speaker who was the Senior Editor of Energy Voice magazine. She gave us insight as to how a news and media agency reacts to the current affairs of energy sources such as fossil fuels. She also explained to us the process of how these factors affect the population. Following that, in our groups we shared information about our own nation’s energy consumption and what similarities/differences we have around the world. What was interesting was how similar New Zealand and Scotland are in terms of energy consumption. For example, Scotland and New Zealand both have the same average of carbon emissions per capita. At 4pm everyone headed of our designated classrooms to complete a viewpoint task where we had to record how strongly each of us felt about statements regarding energy conservation.

Once we had finished this, we bused back to Crombie Hall to have our dinner. After that was when the real fun began. Robert Gordon’s College was in charge of the activities tonight. They introduced us to the Scottish dancing style called Cèilidh. So for two hours, we rocked our socks off and had a jolly good time dancing the night away. Well, that being said, it was still daylight even though it was 9pm at night (the sun sets at 10.30pm at the moment). It was absolutely enjoyable to see everyone partake in this activity and I could honestly say that the room was filled with smiles and laughter. Tomorrow, we look forward to furthering our research on energy conservation.

By Sohail Din

GAIL Conference

GAIL Conference