When we last left off, my next step was making our way to South Africa. After arriving at Gatwick with as little time as possible to spare, we endured a solid 6 hour flight into Dubai International Airport. During this time, Coach* had left us with 5 questions to think about, which we were to answer during our reflection sessions. For me, it was insightful to have to stop and think about what really inspires me, who I see as leaders and what leadership itself is. On top of this, we will be discussing our personal stories - what has shaped us and the key points in our lives. This is something I've never taken a step back and thought about. I tend to stroll through life, not really thinking too much about the past - not through any kind of fear - just as something that is done. I truly look forward to not only hearing what the rest of the team has to say, and engaging in their stories, but also to reflecting on my own story, and getting the team's reaction to such.
During the 10 hour layover in Dubai is where the story behind this post really takes form. Whilst informally discussing exactly what the South Africa Challenge meant to us and what we were hoping to gain, we discussed the possibility of staying overnight in one of Durban's townships. During the day, we would be taking part in a VukAfrica of the township, and would be staying with a generous family overnight.