“The best journeys answer the questions that in the beginning, you didn’t even think to ask.” Author unknown
This week, our Grade 9 girls departed for their three-week long uHambo adventure! uHambo, which means “journey” in IsiZulu, has been running at St John’s D.S.G. since 2007. The girls spend their time away walking, riding horses, cycling and carrying their tents, mattresses, food and clothing, which can weigh up to 14kg, in their backpacks.
They are also only allowed to communicate with their families via written letters and one phone call home. “It’s tough, but it encourages team-building and an opportunity to just be in nature,” says Tracey Schwegmann, an organising committee member.
The journey itself is both challenging and exhilarating, and the girls develop self-confidence and independence during this time. They also learn to both rely on, and support, their uHambo sisters. It’s no wonder that so many of them arrive back from uHambo, describing the experience as “life-changing”.
With Group 1, 2 and 3 having already departed, and Group 4 departing tomorrow morning, we look forward to welcoming our girls back home in 3 weeks’ time!