In 2015, I was lucky enough to be sent overseas by Elevate to present to school students in South Africa. Not only was this a chance to challenge myself as a presenter in new and exciting school environments, but there was plenty of time for sight seeing and adventures aswell!
In South Africa, I presented for three weeks in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town. The students over there love Australians, so the cricket and rugby banter was rife! I got to present in all different kinds of schools – newly built campuses with fresh-faced students that were beginning their first year at the senior school in year 7, all the way through to ancient Hogwarts-esque quads where students strictly call you “sir” and tip their hats at you as you walk by!
But it wasn’t all work and no play. South Africa is home to some of the world’s most attractive sights. With some afternoons, evenings and weekends free, I was spoilt for choice trapsing up Table Mountain, frolicking in botanic gardens, bunji jumping off the Soweto towers, visiting Nelson Mandela’s home, going on Safari in the wilderness, or sun-baking on world famous Camp’s Bay beaches!
Without a doubt these international experiences have not only taught me how to be a better presenter, but have given me the confidence to tackle new challenges with an open-mind and persistence. These trips will push your comfort zone and test your skills – the rewards are well worth it!