"There is more in you" - Thank you, Outward Bound!

Jahvaya Wheki and Annie Oxborrow participated in Outward Bound through YWCA Hamilton's scholarship programme in April 2017, and had a life changing experience.

Throughout our time at Outward Bound we faced many challenges that helped us to learn and develop as people. We have both grown so much and are so grateful for this lifetime opportunity. We would just like to say thank you, and share what this has meant for us.

"There is more in you"

- Kurt Hanh

Jahvaya Wheki

I found Outward Bound both physically and mentally challenging. Through the tough times I found myself looking around reminding myself that I’m in the same boat as everyone else and I’m not the only one that is having a difficult, challenging time. We all are. I didn’t know what to expect, but always reminding yourself that you’re not alone is really comforting.

Because of this amazing life changing opportunity, I believe that I am more resilient, independent and thankful. Attending Outward Bound has made me appreciate the small things in life, such as dry clothes, warm food and sunshine, for this I am forever grateful.

Thank you so much YWCA for this extraordinary scholarship. The YWCA has changed my life in many ways because providing young women with the opportunity to face their fears, challenge themselves and further grow into great young leaders by attending this Outward Bound course. I hope that I can encourage many more young ladies to attend Outward Bound because it is very beneficial and life changing.

From the bottom of my heart thank you for this opportunity, I have not only made friends but I now have sisters by my side.

Annie Oxborrow

Thank you for enabling me to attend Outward Bound. It allowed me to experience the highs and lows of working with people all day, every day for 21 days. I maybe didn’t always get along with them, but needed to in order to get activities done. Activities such as tramping mentally challenged me, as not everyone is at the same ability so as a group we needed to decide a strategy to get us to our destination that was achievable by everyone. The idea of just getting “stuff done” played a lot on my mind, especially as procrastinating didn’t work at Outward Bound.

There were also many highs to the experience such as doing kayaking, walking the Queen Charlotte, proper rock climbing and more, which I had never done before. So I thank you for that. Lastly the friends I gained from Outward Bound are people that went through the highs and lows with me and learnt more about me in the short space of time we were together than the friends I have had for many years. Those ladies I will forever be great friends with. Thank you for opening up my eyes to what is truly important in life and what is a bit pointless to dwell on.