‘What do you wish someone had told you before you trekked?’
From time management and pushing your comfort zone, to remembering to bring stop-itch cream and avoiding bulk curry; our December Team Leaders know the drill when it comes to being a trekker! With some of them going into their first month as a Team Leader, and some about to lead over multiple months, the crew gave us the advice they wish they’d known before going into their first month trekking with Project Everest.
I wish someone had told me to ask more questions.
I remember going into country with still not a great idea of what would be going on, so I cannot stress enough to get across crowdicity, read your project summaries, go through the drive and find out all that you can, so you can hit the ground running. Then after doing that on a word document write all the questions that you have (there should be HEAPS!) then go and ask your TL and your trekkers about these questions; that way you will have all the knowledge going into country!
Also, I wish someone had told me to get out of my comfort zone earlier. In country, there are many ways you can do this whether it be putting up you hand to go to a stakeholder meeting on the second day, trying to improve your phone calling skills even though you dread speaking on the phone, or simply trying to speak to all your peers as much as you can over the month, they are good growing opportunities and will all inevitably push projects forward. you’re only in country for a short time so make the most of it!
Everest Recycling Solutions | Timor Leste
FarmEd | Timor Leste
I wish someone had told me that I was going to actually have fun.
Fuel Sustainability | Timor Leste
Hidden Hunger | Malawi
I wish I got told that the month goes real quick.
I wish I knew how much mileage was going to come from the gags that came about in country.
Before I trekked, I had heard a lot about Project Everest, however, there were still so many things I didn’t know of what was to come. I wish I knew how much mileage was going to come from the gags that came about in country. The amount of laughter we had, and continue to have to this day about the gags, and experiences is unreal. This ties into what I was also didn’t know, how bloody amazing all the people are! The friendships you form with people who are the only ones that can really understand the experiences you’ve been through together are phenomenal.
A Project Related tip I wish I had done, is to do much prep as you can before Project. You want to be utilising the time you have in country, so do as much work you can do back home as you can, and you’ll reap the benefits! For the new trekkers this summer, buckle up because you are in for one hell of a ride that you won’t want to get off of!
Solar Consulting | Malawi
Health | Malawi
Treasure the people around you, both in your team and in your group.
I wish I got told to bring plenty of Vegemite.
In Malawi, avocados are everywhere. They are huge! Almost as big as your head and incredibly cheap and tasty. I wish I got told to bring plenty of Vegemite, because what better to pair with avocado on toast?
Social Consulting | Malawi
Fuel Sustainability | Fiji
I wish someone had told me how addictive the whole experience is.
Nothing you do after will be able to give you the content and satisfaction that spending a month in a developing country and smashing sustainable goals does.
You will be anxiously waiting for the next PEV training, next Lead Gen Meeting, next Alumni drinks because no one back home is able to understand what that experience was like for you, apart from 30 legends that you’ve just spent an entire month with.
I wish someone would have told me how quickly the month goes!
FarmEd | Fiji
FarmEd | Fiji
Enter with minimal expectations and leave your comfort zone!!
You will end up loving it more than you could have ever imagined, if you push yourself outside of your comfort zone.
You really have nothing to lose. At the end of the day, there is no university grade riding on this and nobody is watching you over your shoulder to make sure you are doing tings exactly how they won’t them done. Be yourself and be selfish about the experience because it is a once in a lifetime thing. So embrace the challenge, the sweat, the tears, the hustle and the cheap ice-creams. If you embody your project and work hard, you will reap the rewards tenfold. When you have ideas to contribute, contribute them and where you don’t, take the opportunity to learn from so many other people from different degrees, life experiences, and ages. There will be hardly another time in your life where you will be able to work in an environment like this, in a beautiful country surrounded by friends that will become your family, on projects that are making the world a better place.
Believe me when I say, you’ll miss it when you are sitting on the plane home or going back to uni where you only ever get to practice things in theory. Always stop to remember how lucky you are to have the experience, and what a difference you are making in the world. Oh, and make sure you bring ‘stop itch’ cream for mozzie bites and stings into country because it will save your life.
Social Consulting | Fiji
Social Consulting | Fiji
Choose not to eat curry for lunch every day for four weeks, it catches up to you…
There is honestly not much if anything I wish someone had told me before trekking in Fiji, the leaders do a great job of getting trekkers across everything country wise.
Except maybe to choose not to eat curry for lunch every day for four weeks, it catches up to you….
BUT in hindsight, I wish I was told to really step back and appreciate the experiences I came across when visiting Fijian communities and meeting such welcoming people. Having individuals share their way of life so we can have the greatest positive social impact was incredibly humbling. So yeah, I wish I was told before I trekked to take the time to reflect your experiences in country because you may never be in that position again. And it’s sick!
I wish I had foreseen the level of community and support that PEV would become for me after trekking.
Fuel Sustainability Team 2IC | Fiji