The first thing that our group did on the start of an emotional day was congregate at our common classroom for instructions from Randall for what we would be doing on our last day. We started the day off talking to our Tanzanian buddies about our leadership stories, which is a staple in the World Leadership School. We all talked about how this trip has changed our point of view on our daily life and how to be a leader. It was really illuminating seeing the similarities between both what the Tanzanian students and what we took away from the program. We stuck pieces of paper on our backs, and then people wrote down what they thought our leadership characteristics were on our backs. It was great to see how our peers see us as leaders.
Then we came together as one group and started the candle circle which is also a World Leadership School tradition. Randall lit a candle and started off by talking to us about his hope for the world and globalization, and how we exceeded his expectations for the trip. As we went around the circle, each person revealed what we learned from the week together, and it started to get very emotional. As more and more people went, everyone began to realize that this was the last day that we would all share together as a group. Despite the relatively amount of time we spent together, we have made very strong connections. We were all very sad as the candle ceremony came to an end, after everyone everyone had shared why this program was so impactful. Many people realized how close and how similar as people we were, even though we live in different places and live in different culture. Many other people talked about how they learned how to be a valuable member of a team, even if they weren’t leading. They talked about how there can’t be a leader without followers and there can’t be followers without a leader. We also talked about how the U.S. students had learned so much about kindness and open-mindedness from our Tanzanian buddies.
All in all, this was a great wrap up to a very impactful and fun program that changed everyone’s lives.
-Elliott and Graeme