Kalu Yala offers a truly unique experience. It is not often that individuals group together, and instantly find common grounds and values that can trigger innovative ideas in people’s minds. Even more uncommon is being given an opportunity where one is free to develop a project idea based on their personal skills or interests, and apply it to a realistic practical situation or project. Whether it be designing a ropes course or building trails, the Outdoor Recreation team has the option to develop projects that apply to the smaller, temporary intern-community scale, and to the larger, more permanent scale of the future community that is to exist. The opportunities are endless, and the ideas of the people who have yet to even see the property where they will live and work is exciting, inspirational, and an exceptional experience to be a part of!
Over the course of a few days, I have been inundated with an abundance of wonderful ideas from an extraordinary group of individuals here to pursue their goals in Outdoor Recreation. Through individual and group meetings, our team has a natural connection that can only mean a successful semester if this motivation and flow of ideas continues at its current level.
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From all around the United States, and even up to Canada, Joseph Mckittrick, Jocelynn Nadeau, Gasun Han, Courtney Johnson, Anne Shingler, Zachary Long and Zachary Bron (left to right in image above) will make up the Outdoor Recreation team for these next few months. Each having their own ideas and goals, individual and group projects are already being developed despite not knowing what our valley property has to offer.
I am extremely excited for this semester, and truly believe that we, as a team, can only benefit Kalu Yala by contributing our ideas and work. There is much to come during the semester, and based on how well these first few days have gone, we are off to a great start!