My team building trip with House Of Groomers Academy

On August 31 and 1 September 2011, for two day I went on my school trip to the OutBac, Broga Hills, Semenyih. I was told that this was House of Groomers Academy second team building trip. To be completely honest, a few days before the trip, I wanted to back out and find an excuse not to go. This was because I wasn’t very familiar with some of the places and people in Malaysia and I didn’t want to feel foolish not knowing much about the trip. However, whatever my feelings toward the trip before were certainly not how I felt afterward. Going to the Broga Hills with my school, truly brought us all closer together as a group and promoted closer ties between us and I learned the importance of team building.

My team building trip with House Of Groomers Academy

My team building trip with House Of Groomers Academy

We departed from our school at Subang Jaya early in the morning with a large chartered bus. It took us about 2 hours to arrive at the OutBac, Broga Hill, Semenyih. The staff of House of Groomers put together a selective group of team building activities. One of which was the Leap of Faith, where we had to climb a rather large, tall tree and jump off a platform and grab a bar (while of course being harnessed). For me, being scared of heights, this was a challenge but I was reassured by my classmates cheering me on from down below. Next was the Flying Fox, it was a scary experience to jump from 100 feet above ground and glide through 500 feet across a lake and arriving at the other end of the ground. We also enjoyed kayaking and some of us went to ‘war’ with our paddles. After a day of activities, we had barbeque for dinner. After barbeque, we were entertained with the OutBac group’s performance. The next morning, one of the other activities laid out for us was the Broga Hill hike at 5:30am, I was not too keen on waking up that early, but it was good to see all my classmates helping each other on the way up to the hill. The climb was tough and the track to the top was steep, slippery and exhausting. When we finally reached the top, of course we were tired, yet we still have enough energy to get up and explore and take photos together. We managed to catch the early sun and the sunrise was captivating.

 

A special day with special kids at House Of Groomers Academy A special day with special kids at House Of Groomers Academy A special day with special kids at House Of Groomers Academy

 

The tasks that were selected really made us face our fears and helped us get that overall feeling of accomplishment, when each task was completed. Although our trip was only two days, it truthfully made a difference. Overall I’m very happy how the trip went, especially now that I feel a lot closer with my fellow classmates. Not to mention that I feel much more comfortable fitting in at my school, knowing that after that trip, we all know more about each other. I am happy to be a part of the family of House Of Groomers Academy and this team building trip has benefitted me tremendously. This wonderfully experience will be forever remembered and brought back to Australia when I finished my grooming course here. Thank you House of Groomers Academy, you truly made a difference!

 

Erin Maybee,
Gold Coast, Australia.