Its been 3 years since I first joined #PowerShiftMsia, from being a participant in 2013, marketing head in 2014 Penang , and co-coordinator for #PowerShiftMsia 2015. This year for #PowerShiftMsia 2016 Sabah, I helped out in logistics , mentoring and even delivered a module or two. It was quite an interesting experience this year.
Throughout the camp, I had a few different responsibilities. I helped out Wei Peng (Logistics boss) however I could. From waking up super early in the morning for the caterer, to moving the furniture to accommodate the participants. As a mentor I had to guide my group through the various activities and help to keep them on track with the direction of the work they were doing. And as a trainer, I had to get my slides and everything ready for my various sessions here and there throughout the 4 days. I managed to get everything done on time and delivered the necessary messages through my session. First time doing this for this audience, it was exhilarating, I felt more free talking to this small group of like minded people. It felt very freeing and easy.
This camp was tiring and very last minute, or so we thought. Surprisingly it was a very relaxed work flow. We didn’t feel tense or ‘kancheong’. It was all like second nature – the flow of the workshop, the various small problems that came up, the multiple last minute changes. All these problems were overcome with an air of nonchalance, and were attended to easily.
This is another first for me, being involved with a program that has had so much feedback and rectifying processes that it has evolved so much over the past 4 years. Every year we have a post-PowerShiftMsia session, during this session we collect feedback not only from the participants but also from the organizing team. And every year when we develop the master check list and modules we take into account the past feedback. They are so important for future development. As we have been doing this for awhile, we have planned for everything. ”
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail! “
During PowerShiftMsia 2016, I had a chance to take a step back and just enjoy #PowerShiftMsia. It was a nice experience, like I mentioned before, the organizing team had it covered and things were chill. I had the time to focus on the camp itself. Being involved directly with my team. I have never been a mentor like this before. It was a bit nerve racking because these are people that you have to keep on track, these are people who if they go astray it’s because of you. That was a lot of pressure at first.
After being introduced to my team however that uneasiness melted away, they were so fun and warm and very welcoming. They had no issues bonding and even included me into their tight knit group which they almost instantly formed. I felt so welcomed and made it my point to make sure they were on track and on point with the sessions. I have to say I haven’t done this before but I cared for this group . I was like their personal cheerleader, cheering all 6 them on. A very new experience but a much needed one. This whole system with mentors is definitely something we should carry forward as it really brings the participants and volunteers closer together, solidifying the PowerShiftMsia movement.
This year’s PowerShiftMsia has definitely been a different experience. It’s been calming, relaxing, a tirade of emotions, an awesome adventure and most of all an amazing 4 days. Friendships and commitments were made and hopefully this movement has just grown a little bit . Little by little we can make a difference.
Testimonial by Amalen