Ruhani Narula is my name! I’m in my fourth year of child and youth care and have no idea what I’m doing after (does anybody really?)! But what I do know is that I’ve been given such an amazing opportunity to be apart of ASB! I know everyone has previously stated how awesome this chance is and how grateful they and I don’t want to sound repetitive, but sorry! They got their chance and now it’s mine!
We hear about chances like these being life changing. It’s an opportunity to leave a mark on another person and as excited as I am to go out into the world and make a difference, I’m just as eager to learn about myself. However, as I’ve learned over the past few weeks, there’s a lot more to it! We’ve had our first bake sale, which was a great experience. The silent auction has been decided for March 5th (keep the date free!). It’s intimidating thinking about all the things that go into planning it. Having to get out there and talk to people and find organizations to donate, in all honesty, makes me quite nervous. But at the end of the day, I know that we have such an amazing team to help and support one another and it makes everything a lot easier and definitely more fun.
In our last meeting we participated in a scenario whereby the team members had to answer questions from a fictional character who did not understand the concept of volunteering abroad. We’re all so excited and honored to be apart of ASB that it seems mindboggling that there are people out there that do not agree with what we’re doing. However, everyone has his or her own experiences and beliefs and it’s understandable. A lot of us have already been asked ‘so what are you going to do there?’ or ‘is it safe going to Uganda?’ There are going to be a lot of people with questions and concerns but instead of getting frustrated or seeing it in a negative light, this is a great opportunity to explain our purpose and debunk stereotypes that people may have.
I’m a huge fan of quotes and although this picture only consists of two words, it really stuck with me and I wanted to share it with others. It fits so perfectly with ASB because of the map in the background but it can really be representative of any dream or goal you may have! To me, it’s saying forget the excuses, take a chance & just go! We tend to get so comfortable in our lives and forget the endless opportunities out there. My goal (under TEAM UGANDA) is to live in a country other than Canada. I hope when I’m older it doesn’t become a dream that was farfetched and unrealistic. The passion that drove me to apply for ASB will hopefully still be burning strong and well throughout my life! December 3rd is our last meeting until the New Year and after that it is only four monthsuntil we’re off! I can’t wait for Uganda but also the adventures that will come after. So, be ready to make mistakes! Learn, and Just Go!
Hello everyone! My name is Kaitlyn Vallee and I’m a fourth year Arts & Contemporary Studies student (everyone always asks what Arts & Contemporary Studies means, I’m still not even sure I know so don’t even start). I’m so excited to be a part of Team Uganda 2014! I can’t believe I’m going to Uganda! Every day as we get closer and closer to the trip I can feel myself getting more and more excited. In all honestly though, I don’t think it’s actually going to hit me until I step off the plane.
We had our first Bake Sale last Tuesday! The treats everyone made were so good! It took nearly all of my willpower to resist buying up the who table. But let me tell you this, it definitely would’ve been worth the money spent and the pounds gained. Great job everyone!
I spent almost the whole day last Tuesday during the Bake Sale and the meeting talking to everyone in the group. It felt kind of like a trial run for when we are in Uganda and will be spending 24/7 with each other. We also did some team building exercises during our meeting, which was a great way to get to know each other better and experience how we are going to work together as a team once we are in Uganda. It was such a fun day. I look forward to every meeting, everyone is getting along great. I can already see us beginning to become a little family.
It was so much fun getting to start fundraising with the Bake Sale. I can’t wait to hear about all of the other fundraising ideas our Events Team comes up with. So stay tuned, cause I think this is going to be a great year! Last Tuesday during our meeting we got to spend some time in our sub groups. I’m a part of the Silent Auction Team (because everyone wants to be in Humza’s group). We’re going to be putting together a great auction for you guys this year, so make sure you keep checking back for updates on events and of course for the weekly blog updates.
I just want to end by saying thank you to everyone who supported ASB and Team Uganda 2014 by coming out to our Bake Sale. I also would like to thank the ASB team leader for allowing me to be a part of this is incredible opportunity. Finally, I would like to thank my other Team Uganda members for just being the amazing people that they are. I couldn’t ask for a better team to be going on this journey with.
My name is Caitlin Russell and I’m a second year film student at Ryerson. I’m excited to say that I am now officially a member of the ASB Uganda 2014 team! This is still quite surreal to me. In fact, after the leaders phoned to tell me I was a part of the team, I thought I imagined it and was really worried that I made it up for about a week. I’ve taken to doing routine reality checks. If my roommates hear me say, “Guys, I’m going to Uganda,” one more time, I think they’re going to ship me off early.
We had our second team meeting last Tuesday and already our group has gotten so much closer. Everyone keeps talking about how our team will become a little family. I think this is one of the things I’m most looking forward to. Not only will we spend an entire month in Uganda having an incredible experience, but we get to share it with a group of people we’ll have grown so close with after six months of fundraising and team building. The next step for us all to become closer is for everyone to get used to my dumb sense of humour…I find it’s a hurdle I have to get over with most new people I meet (buckle in everyone).
So far, everyone brings so many different skill sets to the group. I love that we’re all from various programs and backgrounds, it makes it so much more interesting. We were divided into subgroups this week, and I’m on the social media and corporate outreach team! It’s a small group but I think we all have some amazing ideas and will work really well together. I hope every other subgroup is feeling the same. I feel confident we’re going to accomplish so incredible things together this year.
We’ve begun learning about what exactly we’ll be doing in Uganda, and more about the village of Villa Maria where we’ll be staying. I think talking about this made the trip seem much more real for everyone, and it made me feel 100x more excited for May (if that’s even possible).
Our first official team bake sale is next Tuesday! When everyone started listing off what they were going to make for it, I was immediately excited. I can already tell you who our best customer is going to be for the day, everyone: me. My only hope is that my banana bread is going to live up to Christina’s gasp of excitement when I said I’d be making it.
I could go on and on about all the things that I’m excited for and how amazing our team is, but I wanted to share with you the one thing that made me the most excited for this experience. In our first team meeting, Dr. Arne Kislenko said to us that in the end, everyone who goes on this trip has their lives changed in some way. I keep asking myself: how this trip is going to change my life? And it’s a question I’m really looking forward to learning the answer to.
There’s 164 days until we leave for our trip…I think one more reality check might be in order, so: Guys, we’re going to Uganda!
Hey there! My name? Well, that would be Savannah Clark.
I am a first year journalism student at Ryerson University and I am now apart of the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) team.
Where will ASB be taking me in May of 2014? Well that’ll be Uganda!
You could say I’m excited for this trip but excitement at this point is an understatement. I have been looking for an opportunity like this for years and here I am in university for only two months and this chance to go on a volunteer trip slaps me hard on the face. Don’t worry though; it was a healthy slap. It opened my eyes and dosed me with an eagerness to be apart of this team.
Let’s just skip the interview process entirely because I cannot relive the stress and fear it gave me in regards to landing a spot on the trip. But hey guess what, the leaders must have been impressed because here I am, November just beginning, with a spot, along with 15 other eager individuals that possess the same passion as I do for this opportunity.
On November 5th advisor for ASB, Arne Kislenko (what a cool dude he was). We started with the normal, “Hey” … “How are you doing” … “My name is *insert name”. Then it got serious which I expected as well. The usual, “Work hard”… “Don’t screw up”. But it was all very inspirational. It showed me that much more how real this whole thing is and how I need to do whatever I can to ensure this volunteer trip happens with much succession. Confetti flying everywhere!
In this first meeting, we learned of what the team will have to do over the year, the different sub-groups we’ll be apart of, the collection of our first deposit, reminders for next week’s meeting and of course group ice breakers! My favourite! I already know I like every member. They all are interesting people who have something different to bring to the team.
Now here we are! I gladly volunteered to write the first ever blog post for our team, why wouldn’t I though, I’m a writer. I not only thought to give you an overview of the events leading up to and including the first meeting, but I also wanted to end the post with what I hope to see over this next year.
I hope to see a unified team that works hard and plays harder. We all have great passion for this project and for what we believe in. I hope to see that go further– I want us to have passion and an overall love for one another. I’m not worried though. We have so many things to do over the year to ensure we go to Uganda and it’s going to be hard work but IT IS WORTH IT.
Thank you ASB for giving both myself and the other team members this opportunity – cheesy as it sounds, we won’t let you down. Let’s go.
"Inspiration and growth only come from adversity and from challenge — from stepping away from what’s comfortable and familiar and stepping out into the unknown"- Ben Saunders
Smile, it is the weekend!
ASB would also like to send out a thank you for all the applicants this year. We are currently in the deliberation process, so stay tuned for the release of the upcoming 2013/2014 Team Uganda!
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Enjoy your weekend everyone.
If you want your downtime to look like this then ASB is for YOU!
Come out to our drop-in information session tonight at 6:30pm in POD 250! Here you will find out more information about this years projects to UGANDA and INDIA! Refreshments will be served.
See you all there!