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Phase 1 I went to an outdoor activity centre in Somerset (which is beautiful). I did hiking one day which was tiring but amazing and probably my favourite part of NCS altogether, one day was team building activities which was not as exciting but good to get to know others in the team. The last day was abseiling and rock climbing which was great fun and definitely an opportunity to challenge myself. Of course the activities are different for everyone depending where you end up but thats just the type of thing you might do.
The food was not the best but honestly that’s not too important because when you look back you’ll remember all the fun times and not the food haha
Phase 2 was quite different, I stayed in university accommodation. In my flat there were 7 others including one adult. It was on the 9th floor so I had a really cool view from my window and everyone got their own room!! Part of phase 2 was cooking ourselves for dinner (recipes provided) and also being given a budget of £80 and choosing things to buy from a shopping list e.g. fruit, sandwich fillings etc. for the week. It may be an idea to bring some snacks from home though
In terms of activities for phase 2, it wasn’t the most exciting - we had workshops such as public speaking, enterprise and storytelling which did help with confidence. Once again activities vary and I’ve heard of some waves doing courses such as first aid!!
Phase 3 is split into two parts, in my honest opinion week 3a has been the most boring so far. If you’re like me and not great with lots of teamwork and social interaction this may be a struggle but it’s nothing impossible. It mostly involves planning how to raise awareness/money for a local community partner for example a care home. At the end of this week you have to pitch to ‘dragons’ your ideas to win some money towards your cause.
Tomorrow I start week 3b and I’m doing a sponsored walk! So it should be a bit more active and interesting than the last few days.
One worry many people have is that as it’s all new people, it will be difficult. I’m really shy but I made friends really easily because everyone is in the same boat and willing to talk to you (and most people I met knew somebody I already knew). Unfortunately there were a few unkind people on my wave but 90% are so lovely. during the evenings there is team time and wave time which is a good chance to socialise with everyone else, especially team time which I found the most fun as everyone can contribute as it’s a smaller group so everyone gets pretty friendly.
Wow I went on a bit haha but let me know if you have any questions!!! x