Bula Vinaka ("a warm hello") from the beautiful Islands of Fiji!
I am Natasha Weleilakeba and I was a participant of three glorious Ambassador Leaders programs throughout the years of 2014-2016. Leading up to my many expeditions, I was so happy to represent my micro country of the Fiji Islands and be able to educate my fellow peers about my country, culture, and traditions. I wanted to take a moment to share my experience with students who are about to embark on their own leadership adventure this summer.
I began my journey by attending my first Leadership Summit at Harvard University in Massachusetts, followed by a technology-focused Leadership Summit held at Stanford University in California, and finished at Yale University in Connecticut for my final year. These programs have impacted me tremendously, as I have learnt to become a better leader and a well-improved global citizen. I gained knowledge on leadership approaches through the experience of 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, as well as learned how to become more confident and courageous.
"The best part about attending Ambassador Leaders programs is that you are able to make lifelong friendships based on similar interests."
During the Summits, students like myself are exposed to the idea of getting out of our comfort zones and thinking outside of the box through brain-pumping teamwork activities and workshops. These activities allow students to practice their public speaking skills and be able to communicate well with other students. I was exposed to the art of making new friends. The best part about attending Ambassador Leaders programs is that you are able to make lifelong friendships based on similar interests. You learn more about other students’ cultures and their way of living, while having the opportunity to share great features of your own background.
The teachers and program leaders behind the scenes make these programs special because of their hard work and commitment. Through them, students are able to excel to their greatest ability. I am so proud to have attended Ambassador Leaders programs, and highly recommend students to take a leap of faith and go on this program that is not only fun, but motivational and life-changing.
By Natasha Weleilakeba
Natasha is our 3-time alumna from Fiji and an outstanding example of what it means to be an Ambassador Leader. Heavily involved in community service in her home community of Suva, Fiji, from helping disabled children learn to swim, or improving their skills in music and dance, to making medical kits for the less fortunate in rural areas of Fiji, Natasha is truly making a difference.