Activities for building confidence and expanding horizons.

All of these are inspiring activities. Some in particular are life-changing, but it's hard to predict what will have the greatest impact.

School students[edit | edit source]

  • Sprout seeds and watch them grow - both in bottles with water, and in soil.
  • Grow food and eat it.
  • Learn to cook tasty, healthy food.
  • Make a solar cooker, prepare food and eat it. Don't forget the "WARNING: HOT SURFACE" signs (and other precautions, depending on age). Try different kinds, from a simple black-painted tin, with or without reflectors (foil and cardboard) (this can work in a hot sunny place, to more complex box types.
  • Understand a completely different perspective or opinion, that would previously have been dismissed as ridiculous (through debating; meeting people from other cultures and backgrounds...)
  • Community service, whether simple things like visiting people in care homes or building something for the community. Experiencing the satisfaction that comes from doing something for another person.
  • Make compost
  • Keep a worm bin

High school and college/university students[edit | edit source]

  • Learn a language by immersion. Classes and books help, but immersion is key to learning and having an amazing experience.
  • Engage in service learning projects.
  • Work on a multidisciplinary design/build project outside of the department under which you're currently studying.
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Keywords education, inspiration
Authors Chris Watkins
Published 2009
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