Invitation for a life-changing journey

Invitation for ‘life-changing’ journey issued

2012 trip will see young adults spend time with Indonesian orphans

Nicole Million, Oct 18, 2011 – 2:37 PM; Simcoe.com

 

Invitation for ‘life-changing’ journey issued. Participants in the Loesje Global Indonesia Conscious Adventure expand their horizons by supporting orphans in Indonesia. Tiny Township resident Paula Carter is hoping to organize a group of 18 local youths to take part in the 2012 mission. Submitted photo

TINY TOWNSHIP – Young people helping young people.
That’s the goal of a 2012 trip to Indonesia for which Tiny Township resident Paula Carter is hoping to round up a group of 18 local youths eager for a “life-changing” experience.
Carter will work as a clinical consultant for the Loesje Global Indonesia Conscious Adventure, where participants 18 and older spend time with orphans in the small community of Batam.
While there, she explained, they will stay at an inclusive resort and take part in numerous team-building activities and workshops.
“I haven’t travelled a lot, so it was very intriguing to me,” said Carter, who has more than 20 years’ experience working as a counsellor. “I thought, ‘If I go, I can come back into the community and I can talk about what it was like.’ It’s going to be a huge personal experience.”
Carter said youths come from all over the world for the program before returning home and leaving behind the connections they’ve made. She decided it would be a good idea to make the journey with a group of North Simcoe youths so they can maintain those personal relationships even after the trip.
“It’s a whole different experience than meeting up in Indonesia. That’s the disconnect that happens when people go out and take part in these profound experiences. They come back and go, ‘What’s changed? I have, but I’m in the same scenario,’” she said.
“When you go through major life changes and you want to do something in your community, it helps to know where to go and who to be supported by,” Carter continued, adding her plan is to gather youths who are looking for an experience and personal development in order to help them gain more direction in their community.
“I think it would be an amazing adventure to have a group,” she said. “If you can change yourself, you can change the world.”
Carter plans to be on hand Oct. 26 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a youth fair at the Hero Centre (334 King St., Unit 2, Midland). She is also offering a drop-in information night at the Boys and Girls Club of Midland on Nov. 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.