Our Maiden Unbound trip was full of Unlimited possibilities
Travelling is all about visiting new places, experiencing new cultures, stepping out of your comfort zones and learning so much about the world. Especially when it comes to young children.
And a textbook can only go so far – it can’t give children the same experiences as travel can. When it comes to travelling, the learning opportunities and character shaping possibilities are endless – something you can’t put a price tag on.
This was the driving force behind our maiden Unbound trip with the kids from Sahpathi, an early childhood and primary education organisation aimed at empowering kids from economically challenged backgrounds. Afterall, everyone should be able to enjoy an all-inclusive education.
An enthusiastic bunch of 25 kids accompanied by 5 adults came together in the wee hours of a lovely March morning to kick of a fun-filled day of adventure and activities at Damdama, just 30 minutes from Gurgaon.
The theme of the trip was Think Outside the Box. We kicked off the day with a meditation exercise. The kids sat in silence, listening to the sounds of nature – the chirping of birds, the rustling of the trees – connected with nature far from the city.
Then began the activities. The instructors at the camp were so good with the kids and it was great to see them interact and create games and workshops for the kids to learn and enjoy.
There were a plethora of adventure sports that enthralled the kids including Burma Bridge, ziplining, hurdle crossing, balancing on poles which the children had never done before. Many also spent the day playing badminton, cricket, volleyball and jumping on a trampoline.
The instructors also organised group activities that helped the children think out of the box and improved their skills like concentration, listening, leadership and decision making.
By the end of the day, the children got together to perform a series of nukkad nataks based on pressing matters like education, sanitation, water conservation and safety. The best part was the kids conceptualised, wrote and directed the plays and even came up with some out of the box solutions!
Sadly it was soon time to get back home but all of us were so happy to have had such a fun and productive day with the children – good food, great games and activities, the mingling and getting to know each other. Many children couldn’t contain themselves, saying they were so happy to be doing things they had only seen on TV.
From the overpopulated city which offers them no space, the kids were free in the camp, in the open and wide spaces, in the midst of abundance of nature where they could unburden themselves and unwind.
It truly was a treat for us as it was for them. And it wouldn’t have been possible with all the generous contributions from well-wishers and all the love we received – and of course the bubbly kids.
This is one experience that we are sure will stay with both with the children and with us at Unhotel, who are always striving to share our love for travel with others.0