Outward Bound experience wows Maya

Maya Oliver, a Year 12 student from Makoura College in Wairarapa says that even though her Outward Bound experience was “really hard”, she wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

Maya is the first of seven secondary students from around the country that will be supported by our New Zealand group to attend an Outward Bound programme over the coming years.

She recently joined our Wairarapa team for morning tea and shared experiences from the 21-day Mind Body and Soul course run at Anakiwa in the Marlborough Sounds. Maya was selected by Makoura College to attend because of her commitment to the school and her community, and her willingness to share what she learnt with other students.

Maya told the team that she had “grown out of the experience” and was now looking forward to the opportunities coming her way. She is pleased that her school now sees her as a leader, and she is getting the chance to use her new leadership skills and confidence.

One of Maya’s highlights, she told the team, was the 48-hour solo stint in the bush with only an apple, a carrot and a tent fly to sustain her. She had to set herself up and stay where she was left. She sang, talked to herself, but generally didn’t find being on her own difficult and in fact, quite enjoyed the experience.

Her hardest time was having to row a cutter sailboat due to no wind. This was physically and mentally challenging, but it was the teamwork and camaraderie that saw them reach their destination, she said.

She and her teammates also learnt the value of being on time. Maya described how her team was “just two minutes late” and as a consequence had to repeat the full morning’s activities. This included physical training, a run, and cleaning their already cleaned room. A valuable lesson and a mistake not repeated.

Steve Lewis, Moore Stephens Markhams Wairarapa’s operations manager was impressed with Maya’s poise and confidence. “Maya has obviously gained much from her time and it’s great for us to be doing our bit to support young people in our community.”

(Pictured: Maya Oliver with Wairarapa directors Sharon Parker and Mike Flower.)