What was most inspiring for us, as members of the Dream Team, was the overwhelming amount of time and effort these schools had dedicated towards setting up a positive and successful workshop for the top leaders of the schools in their respective districts. They were filled with so much passion, drive and enthusiasm for the cause which certainly inspired us in our own journey as well. The sense of welcome and gratitude we felt on arriving at these schools was something I know most of us had never experienced before and doubt will ever forget. We were heralded in as guests of honor, behind the customary Sri Lankan drummers and dancers in the traditional Sri Lankan style, with eager students dressed in their school uniforms and blazers standing proudly at the entrance to their schools in a gesture of welcome. The pride they felt was apparent and, according to a young student from Rathnapura Dharmapala Vidyalaya who later spoke to us, their aim was to show respect for and give back, in whatever way they could, for what Sri Lanka Unites had done for them and for how it had helped them develop as individuals.
As Day Two also brought with it the first ever workshops that needed to be conducted by us- the Dream Team 2012- mistakes were inevitably made. In fact, if I learned one thing through the workshops of our first day on the road, it’s that there are always a lot of things that can go wrong. Things don’t always go according to plan [or schedule for that matter], miscommunications do take place and, in many circumstances, chaos could ensue. However, what we’ve realized, in just the course of two days, is that we’re in this together. What is already apparent amongst this incredibly diverse, yet like-minded group of individuals, is that we’re all there for one another, and each moment is a learning process, a step along the journey, a journey in which there is yet a long way to go.