It was important that participants take time to absorb what was happening with every step of the camp. So we started by asking participants to write down their expectations from the camp and reflect on what they would ideally want to learn from the program.
The participants were given questions to reflect on what they have been learning during the camp before the end of the third day. After all the brainstorming and reflections, we asked each participant to choose 3 personal goals for the year on the last day. They stood one by one in front of the camera, introduced themselves and spoke about their goals, what they learned during this camp and what they still want to improve.
The participants’ interaction with each other was another important part of the camp. In fact, most of the camp’s activities were conducted in teams. To set up a good tone for the team work, we played some ice breaking games so that the participants feel more comfortable throughout this learning experience and get to know each other better.
Students were given limited time to discuss in groups the topic of their presentation. This was their first interaction within the their teams. They had to make the effort of listening to each other. First discussions were crucial to notice who was being too bossy and who was not contributing at all in the discussions.
The participants were put in news groups and were given 3 newspapers, 1 Tape, 1 pair of scissors, 1 elastic band, 1 meter of thread and 1 additional material and were asked to pick one model among themselves and dress him/her up cre- atively within 25 minutes. Af- ter that, each group presented its model and we had a fashion show.
SBI MODEL: In this 10 minutes lesson, we introduced the Situation-Behaviour-Impact concept to students as a way of giving constructive feedback to a team member while avoiding misunderstandings. We gave examples of poor feedback. Introduced the 3 steps of the SBI model and gave a situation example of each step. We also talked about the importance of feedback and how it is easier to make positive change with good feedback.
PROACTIVITY: The participants were given a reading on proactivity. Then they entered a conversation where they compared proactivity vs reactivity. The lesson ended with tips on how to build up habits that make you more proactive.
FINAL PROJECT: Students were assigned to random groups and informed that they would have to make a presentation about a project that would benefit a community, on the last day of the camp. Read more about the final project in the final project gallery entry.
The participants were given 20 sticks of spaghetti, tape, a piece of thread, a marshmallow and one elastic band and were asked to build the highest possible self standing structure with a marshmallow on top within 20 minutes. The winning team won one pack of chocolate for each member.
HOW TO MAKE A PRESENTATION: Our guest speaker Alaedine Azaiez came to demonstrate how to make a successful presentation. He spoke about the importance of the color choice, the font, the pictures used, the number of slides, the amount of text, the voice tone, the movement of the speaker, the organization of the slides, the attention span of a normal audience and many other relevant details that one ought to pay attention to while crafting a presentation to make sure it is successful.
SEEKING INSPIRATION: We started the session with a motivational video about the importance of perseverance and hard work. The second video was a message from Tafadzwa G Bete Sasa, 2014 Moremi fellow from Zambia, about the importance of setting goals for oneself and starting without procrastinating. We then discussed the lessons in the videos. Participants shared their perspectives on goal achievement and stories from their past experience.
HOW TO WRITE A CV: Our guest speaker Hedi Bettaieb came to talk to the participants about the importance of knowing how to write a good CV. The speaker talked about his experience with CV writing in most European countries, what employers/admission officers usually look at and mistakes to avoid. We also spoke about writing an american CV, the difference and provided the participants with the Dartmouth Guide for writing a CV. The participants asked questions and we used real life situations to answer their questions.
The aim of the final project was for students to find common interests, identify needs in a community, manage their time and resources, learn how to work in a group and improve their communication skills. Students were informed that they will be given one hour every day to work with their groups on the project. They were also encouraged to meet online if possible and work as much as they decided to. Another lessons we wanted the teams to learn from this projects was the importance of running the extra mile and doing more than the minimum required.
Each group presented their project in a different way. Presentations included musical performances, prepared food, poetry, theatre, videos, and even a reduced model of a center for talent development.
Last but not least, the certificate presentation. Our final guest speaker: Imene Chellal closed the summer camp by sharing with the participants her experience working with UNICEF. She spoke about the skills she developed from traveling and meeting new people, encouraging the participants to explore similar opportunities.