Leonie’s new world

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

Pho­tos: MI­LAN SHAH

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.

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