IB DP Retreat Reflection

From 17th to the 18th of August, the class of 2019 (which I am in) went on a school retreat dubbed “The IB Retreat” at the Gold Coast hotel. It was a memorable and unique experience as there wasn’t such a large scale trip which involved all my classmates. During those two days, we did a poverty simulator in a local charity foundation called Crossroads, had a couple of group activities and watched a movie as a whole grade. I thought the whole trip was pretty interesting and fun as there are only few opportunities where you can hang out with all my friends at the same place. And this trip luckily gave me another opportunity.

This was definitely one of my highlights during the IB retreat; to hang out with all my friends as they gave us a lot of spare time during the first day of the retreat in the hotel. One activity I did with my friends during spare time was watching a superhero comedy film. This was definitely a highlight as even after watching the movie, we kept talking and analysing of the movie and bonded over as friends. Another way we bonded over was playing video games during our spare time. This allowed us to further develop our friendship between one another over the course of this retreat.

One event that really stood out during the trip in a educational and challenging aspect was when we did the poverty simulation during our time in Crossroads on the first day. We were put into groups which were our temporary “family”. We had to make paper bags out of newspaper as our income and each “week” (which was 10 minutes), we had to pay rent, water, food and optional sanitation. During this simulation, for a brief moment, I really felt like a slum dweller. Where I had no control over my life besides making paper bags to hopefully pay enough money by the end of each week. But after each week, my family would always come short to the minimum requirement to keep us alive each week. Overtime, we needed to sell our valuables that we brought with us to the simulation. In come cases it could have been our watches, phones, even our shoes! It was challenging in a sense that it was really stressful to make enough paper bags each week. But also educational as it taught me that being poor is more then just not having money. It was also having people to look down on you, having stress and worrying about whether we would survive for another week.

With this IB retreat, it has really developed my passion with video games, which allowed me and my friends to establish the Game Development Club in CDNIS, as from the IB retreat, I was able to spend a lot of time with my friends which allowed us to share our ideas to make a club about making video games. I think this really allowed me and my friends to develop our passion of video games and to condense it into a club that we would meet once a week. If it wasn’t for the IB retreat, I think it would take us a lot longer in order to condense our thoughts and ideas, as the IB retreat gave us a lot of spare time for us to hang out together.

Overall I really enjoyed the IB retreat as I think it gave me a very memorable experience and educated me a lot about the world we live in today.





Service As Action – Grade 10

This post would be focused on my most recent service action which was me volunteering to numerous cookouts and serving to refugees.

1. I think I was more aware of my strengths of collaborating when I would go to the cookouts with other students and my peers. This was when we would usually prepare vegetables and chop chicken into pieces. I found this strength when we would efficiently prepare the food which improved time efficiency which allowed us to meet the deadline of lunchtime, which was when we would serve to the refugees. However from these experience, I realised that I need to improve planning and communication from these events as my communication with other team members could sometimes be lacking.

2. I think I undertook challenges of culinary cooking, as this was my first time actually preparing food in the kitchen, these events allowed me to further develop my culinary experience of cooking with vegetables and meat, while still being able to serve a community. From the multiple cookouts that I have attended, in the photo, it was one of the cookouts where I prepared vegetables and cut them.

3. I discussed, evaluated and planned student initiated activities by going to the Cooking for a Cause meeting usually every Thursday during lunch time. This was when we would usually coordinate what we should cook for the refugees in the next cookout. Also we would also plan bake sales to fund our cookout and usually plan which shifts we need to take and who should bring what.

4. I think I persevered in action in one of the incidents that happened during one of the cookouts. In one incident, due to poor planning, there was a mix up between who was booked to cook for refugees. Ultimately we were unable to serve food to the refugees and that the other group had priority. But we persevered and accommodated the refugees as best to our ability by allowing the other group to serve our food that we prepared (chopped vegetables and marinated chicken) which allowed us to persevere our actions.

5. I worked collaboratively with others wheScreen Shot 2017-05-10 at 11.01.40 AMn I helped out with making and preparing the food to serve to refugees. In the photo below, it shows my peers and I collaboratively preparing food. This shows that I worked collaboratively with others in order to strive an achievable goal against a deadline of lunchtime which is when we serve to the refugees.

6. I think I developed international-mindedness through global engagement and intercultural understanding by volunteering at Cooking for a Cause. From this academic year, I have went to numerous cookouts for refugees, hosted by Cooking for a Cause. This has allowed me to develop international mindedness through engagement of learning about some of the refugees and as well as helping them and helping the overall community of refugees. This has allowed me to see the impacts of other nations and conflicts and issues around the world by talking with some of the refugees.

7. I think i considered my ethical implications when I was debating whether to join Cooking for a Cause and to fully commit to going to cookouts. I thought that by going to these cookouts, I was able to help a community in need and is often looked down and oppressed. Since refugees are known to be one of the most impoverished and ignored communities in Hong Kong. After considering the ethical implications, I had committed effort into cooking and helping with these refugees throughout the academic year. Screen Shot 2017-05-10 at 10.40.56 AM