John Muir once said, “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilised people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.”
It was this very pursuit of “wildness” that led me to Wild Elements. Having just piloted a Forest School programme in Singapore before flying to Bangor for my Masters, I was keen to continue providing opportunities for young people to get close to nature. It’s certainly true that urbanisation is causing people to become more and more detached from nature, so I was really excited to see that Wild Elements was looking to counter this!
I joined in September 2018 and have since helped out at woodland camps, woodland birthday parties and marketing work. I love that all their outdoor activities take place regardless of the (sometimes rubbishy North Welsh) weather because it really brings out the concept of there being “no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes”! Coming from a tropical clime I definitely am not used to miserably cold and wet days, so this has really pushed me out of my comfort zone and I thank the Wild Elements team for that.
Helping out with marketing – the website, newsletter, and social media channels – has been amazing as well. I’m thankful that the team trusts me despite my little experience in this field, and it really provides such a conducive environment for me to learn and grow in – completely in line with Wild Elements’ educational philosophy!
Aaaaaand most importantly, the team is lovely!! There is always an air of light-hearted humour and banter in the office and who doesn’t like working in such a friendly and fun environment? 😉 I’m already excited about my remaining months volunteering with them! Woohoo let’s get wild, 2019!
~ Cheryl Ng, (Projects & Marketing Volunteer)