Hi, I’m Cathy from Hong Kong. I was a summer volunteer at Our Chalet. I could not believe that I have already been here for three months. It was an amazing and unforgettable experience that I have even had in my life.
Before coming here, I has just graduated from university for a 3-year study of social work. Before finding job and starting work immediately, I want to let clear my mind about what I want and to pursue for my own dream before it’s too late. Therefore, I was here being a summer vollie.
Our Chalet is an amazing and magical place. It is a place that help push yourself out of your comfort zone and let you unleash your potential. I have done a lot of incredible things here that I have never thought I could do. I am now able to cook dinner for more than 90 people, to abseil in a fast speed without any hesitation, to hike up a mountain over 2500m, to try many adventurous activities and to chat with the foreign smoothly. Many of my first experience also happened here, for instance, making snowman, hiking overnight, swimming in glacier lake, rafting, paragliding, scootering, seeing shooting star, etc.
Within all these, my most impressive moment must be the pendulum swing that I did with other vollies’ support and encouragement. I was really scared and terrified when I need to jump off the bridge. But it was worthwhile! It was so much fun and awesome to swing in the sky and enjoy the swiss alps surrounding me. Another impressive experience was I hiked four Swiss mountains peaks which over 9,000m in total. I was not a keen hiker and I did not go hiking a lot in Hong Kong. Luckily, I found my hiking buddy, Katie, another summer vollie, so that we can go hiking together often and make me realized how fun hiking is. I enjoyed the journey during hiking and also felt great satisfaction when I stood on the top of the mountain and looking the fabulous view.
With these experiences, I am now braver and having more self- confidence. Instead of being fear and worried, I am excited to face my next challenge.
Apart from surprised by my own potential, I was amazed how the guiding and scouting make us all gather in the first world centre of WAGGGS this summer and create such a great memory to me. At the very first beginning, when I arrived, I felt lonely and hard to make friends with others. It was hard for an Asian living in environment where most spoke English as first language. I need time to think about how to reply and what to say every time. But, when I stayed here longer, everyone was nice, helpful and supportive.
And I realized that no matter where are you from, what languages you are speaking, how different your culture are, we are all a big family under guiding and scouting. We helped each other, finished work together, hanged out and enjoy days together. All the staff and guests made my days here in Our Chalet and I will definitely remember you all, especially my lovely and awesome vollies, the time we watched Sound of Music in the first moving in day, time that we played “cows cows”, the time we worked hard in cleaning th
e chalet, the time we hiked the thunderspitz :P, etc…
Just like what Helen Storrow and Falk said, Our Chalet did offer adventure and challenge but at the same time, I could find peace for my soul. I am really happy that I’ve spent my summer here. I don’t know when I will come back, but I’m sure Our Chalet is always my home and I will definitely return
Cathy Au (Hong Kong) – Our Chalet Assistant Summer 2015