Leonie’s new world
Leonie Nugroho has friends she can call on from every corner of the world after attending a 10-day international camp.
Forest View High School’s head girl was offered an all-expenses paid for ticket to the 2014 Lions International Youth Camp.
Leonie was one of 48 youths from around the world who converged on Lake Okataina including ones from India, Malaysia, Italy, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Brazil and Tonga.
The barriers between cultures disappeared as soon as they arrived, Leonie said.
‘‘The hardest part of the whole camp was saying goodbye – I cried so many times.’’
Travelling is on the 17-year-old’s to-do list and now she has homes she can stay in.
The action-packed trip included bowling, rock climbing, kayaking, paintballing and a hike up Rainbow Mountain.
But it was the people who made it so special, Leonie said.
The multicultural experience also saw the crew stay on two marae.
Having taken Chinese as a subject through correspondence for two years, Leonie said the Malaysian girls were stoked to converse with her in another tongue.
Leonie thanks Tokoroa Lions for sponsoring her to go.
Making friends: Leonie Nugroho has mates she can call on from every corner of the world now. INSET: Leonie Nugroho, right, shows Italy’s Francesca Fedeli how to hongi.