Together people do huge things
And then here it was again… the annual Winter Concert event 2019
This was my third time of being part of the Winter Concert. The three of those times have been completely different for me. In first year, 2017, I was about to start the 24 months program. I came earlier than my teammates, so I got the chance to go to the preparatory camp with the another team at Lindersvold – Climate Team. Everything was so new for me. Before coming to Denmark I had the chance to travel in many different countries and met lots of people from all over the world. But this was different, it was people from all over living in community and working for a common goal, to prepare a huge concert, which will mobilize around 2000 people. And all practical things must be done in a week? I just thought it was crazy. But, as soon the days passed, my mind was reinforced with the philosophy of teamwork and the importance of unity. Because when you put a group of people to do things together, big things can happen and that’s what we did.
My second year was very different. Together with my team we were preparing ourselves for the period at the projects in Malawi, so we didn’t have the time to go to the preparatory camp. I have to say I kind of miss that part of the camp after I went to see the concert. But at that time, we had so many different feelings about our upcoming trip to Malawi that we couldn’t really focus in anything else. The concert was very nice in a big theatre hall in Copenhagen and after the concert, we went to have a buffet dinner all together.
This year, 2019 was also very different for me as I was playing another role in the preparatory camp than the first year. Normally at the hosting school; Tvind, the teams from the school who have experience to prepare those kinds of events are there. But this year, it wasn’t like that because most of them were out for teaching practice or European reality which are periods of their programs. But lots of volunteers came from different parts of the world. We had people from Cambodia to Ghana to Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan and Turkey among others.
As I arrived, the camp leaders decided to give me the role of leading Accommodation/Hosting group. Suddenly a question popped up in my mind. How am I was supposed to lead a group of new people who have never been in this kind of event before to prepare to accommodate 150 people in a week? Even I had so many questions about everything. From here I have to give a big THANK YOU to my group.
Such flexible, hard working and enthusiastic people. Without people like them, nothing of this would have been done in the way it was. We made our “group river” (this was a part of an evening of reflectrions where each group drew a river of the week representing the highlights and challenges we had). The river included waterfalls and different paths but I really liked a sentence that says: “A river cuts through a rock not because of his power but its persistence”. We were persistent in what we wanted to achieve and that’s how we made it.
We were a big team of different people going through different responsibilities. We cleaned the campus and all the statues around, we decorated the whole place to look beautiful, we prepared 100 rooms and hosted the musicians before and during the concert, we cooked for around 200 people with lots of refreshment included, we drove so many kilometers to pick people up or either to go shopping for the camp, we prepared the whole stage for the concert to happen and we made three amazing videos of all the experiences we had through this week.
Now, I am about to finish my program and even if I have big plans to do afterward with a project I joined in Malawi I will always miss this time where I really realized that together we can go the furthest we want to achieve what is needed. That together people do huge things. And that together, only together, we can really fight to change this world. Thank for you all the knowledge.
by Carla from Spain