By Country Director, Gavin Shelton
This morning the staff team find themselves in the somewhat alien position of having no Venturers to be responsible for any longer! After some very emotional goodbyes at Bangalore airport and Mysore bus station the staff have set off on tying things up to close down Raleigh’s first expedition in India.
The current mood at Fieldbase is a mixture of elation, sadness, joy and reflection as we all look back on a truly incredible shared experience. It’s been a roller coaster ride for everyone involved.
The salient point that emerged from speaking to the staff this morning is that everyone has been deeply impressed by the young people who have made this expedition a great success. A number of the staff have commented that they really hadn’t expected they would have been so profoundly affected by saying goodbye to all of the Venturers.
On a personal level I feel enormously privileged to have spent time with a very diverse group of young people and staff who are thoughtful; considerate; passionate about bringing about positive change in the world and quite simply an inspiration to be around.
On behalf of all of the staff on Raleigh’s first expedition in India; our partner organisations and the communities in which we’ve been working, I want to say a huge thank you to all of the young people who’ve stretched themselves beyond what they thought was possible to make a genuine difference to the people around them.
To all of the parents and guardians of the young people who have been in our care I want to say that your bravery and trust in them was well placed. We are all humbled and in awe of their personal achievements.