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BBIS: Silber-Expedition 2011 im Harz

Noam Levinrad: The Award is about Challenge and Values

By Noam Levinrad, Berlin Brandenburg International School

Textnummer: 720001

Erstellt am 2011/07/03, zuletzt geändert am 2011/08/01

This is Noam Levinrad’s speech from the Award presentation ceremony (BBIS, Wed 22nd June 2011). Noam is from Israel and his activities were: Service – Elementary school basketball coaching, Physical – Volleyball, Talent – Hebrew, Expedition – Hiking Harz mountains.

By Noam Levinrad, Berlin Brandenburg International School

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This is Noam Levinrad’s speech from the Award presentation ceremony (BBIS, Wed 22nd June 2011). Noam is from Israel and his activities were: Service – Elementary school basketball coaching, Physical – Volleyball, Talent – Hebrew, Expedition – Hiking Harz mountains.

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I would like to share with you my experiences of the International Award.

Firstly I would like to read you something I wrote to express my feelings after my Silver practice hike in September 2010.

“I think hiking up all those 18 km to the Brocken was a real challenge, and that in order to fulfil this challenge I really had to tell myself that “I can do it!”, because once I did that, I couldn’t feel the pain in my shoulders anymore; I wasn’t as tired anymore and my leg muscles didn’t hurt. The only thing keeping me going was my will to get up there. And when I got there, tired and sore, I finally felt like I achieved my goal. I did it!”

For me the International Award is all about CHALLENGE. These can be PHYSICAL, MENTAL or FRIENDSHIP challenges.

It is also about CONTRIBUTION: learning how to give, and not necessarily to expect anything in return. I feel that by giving one also gains tremendous things.

The Award is about developing TEAMWORK AND FRIENDSHIP. Primarily during the expeditions, one learns to share: sharing the burden, sharing hardships, sharing food and equipment and even sharing tents!

Lastly, I believe the International Award teaches one about VALUES: friendship, perseverance, giving, helping, excelling, pushing your limits, and others.

I would like to thank BBIS and these wonderful people for giving me the opportunity to experience all of these great things.