This initiative, and the move to reach out for strategic partnerships, demonstrates time and again the youthful enthusiasm and idealism, embodied in the globally- and locally-assembled team of THUMP, to contribute meaningfully to society and participate as active members of the community. I have been made to understand that the THUMP model is unconventional to AIESEC, and hence, the innovative and bold decision of the team to explore uncharted territories and new ways of doing things is indeed commendable.
Throughout the entire six-week engagement, and more, the team has shown leadership, persistence and resourcefulness in overcoming challenges faced in the course of project planning and implementation. But more importantly, despite cultural and linguistic barriers, the team has also shown genuine care and concern for the community they serve and work with. With the steep learning curve of having to manage a group of 20-30 perpetually energetic children, the team has worked well together and supported each other throughout. From the debriefing sessions, the team was able to draw good Insights and lessons from their experience and I hope THUMP has served as an important milestone for the team involved in this project in shaping them to be responsible, active and just individuals wherever they go in the future.