Author: Carol

The Challenge: A Year in the Life of a Volunteer

The Challenge: A Year in the Life of a Volunteer

They came up with plans to prevent suicide and tackle climate change. Then on Day 4 of the reality TV challenge came a final twist, a twist that had us all laughing our asses off.

In a week we had traveled the world by air, a week of the most beautiful days and nights.

Over the course of the 12 days of the challenge, each volunteer’s adventure was mapped out using the GPS on the back of their smart phone. The GPS recorded the volunteer’s position, speed and direction. It saved their position along with each day they traveled in real-time on YouTube.

We watched an average of 20,000 miles of footage. A year ago it would have taken us two years of watching each day. As we watched through the last day, it was like a million video clips of the volunteer’s journey.

But the one moment that left our jaws on the ground was when they pulled up stakes and got into the car to go home.

After so much travel, travel that started at noon and ended at midnight and included more than 40 countries, our team had made history.

They had not only survived, they had done things never done before.

We have all seen how far the teams have gone in previous Challenges and now had our chance to experience the reality of the challenge.

A team of 24, two of which were women, traveled on a two-man bus and a 4WD to a remote island in the Indian Ocean. There, they were to build a home for themselves using only materials available there.

After a two-week ordeal where the team had to construct a small shack on that island, they finally made it. The team was left with a final word to say: “We lived.”

It’s been said that the world is full of surprises.

The Challenge was certainly full of surprises.

For our trip it was also full of laughter, tears and lots of hugs from our team. Thank you so much for letting us share this journey with you.

It was our pleasure to be a part of this adventure and to show you what you can achieve with your own team.

As we finished, we said our goodbyes to our families. We flew back to Adelaide to meet our loved ones and let them know ‘what we’ve been doing for the past 12 days

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