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The international summer camp was one of the most interesting camps I've ever been on.  It's a time where your sporting, language and partnership skills are developed; a time when a mix of cultures opens your mind and lets you see the world from other perspectives.

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Archery, shooting, kayaking, abseiling, orienteering and horse-riding are some of the activities that you can do at Lakes Ranch.  After a long and tiring day, a swim in the hot-pool and a hot chocolate fixes everything.  One of the most interesting activities is the Bruma Trail after the warm campfire.  It's a walk at night in the middle of the forest with no torches or any type of light.  You are just guided by a rope.  But the amazing thing is the glow worms.  It's something that you don't have the opportunity to see every day.  Also, to hear Mrs Blears screaming because of the giant swing is something you would not want to miss!

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The duties seem hard and irritating but in fact, when you are working as a team with people of other countries and you see that the language and cultural barriers don't matter when it come to making new friends, it is somthing that lightens the load and makes you forget any duty or hard work.

That is what this camp meant for all of us.  It was the key that opened lots of doors with new friends.  We learnt to share great food and fun times regardless of whether the person next to you spoke your language or not.  If you are an international student and you have the opportunity to go to camp, I'd say "go for it" because you won't regret it.

Valentina Pedriel, Year 13, Argentina

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