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I found myself challenged by where to start in writing about my Solomon Islands experience. Much occurred in 5 days – as usual with Global Leadership Foundation experiences… which affect me for life (and what I experience takes time to digest). 

I’ve decided to write a few blog posts, each post with many insights for you to enjoy and to absorb. 

Earlier this month, I went to Tetepare Island in the Solomon Islands to research a Leadership Development experience similar to others that Global Leadership Foundation offer. I was contributing my perspective in terms of strategic business, logistics and online. It was a rare opportunity to be part of a small group invited to explore a very remote island and its communities. 

Global Leadership Foundation takes up to 8 people to remote, complex environments to see leadership in action, learn about locals’ leadership style, contribute to conservation, learn about other ways of living in the world, and much more.  The experiences have an interesting duality: basic and complex. 

Tetepare is governed and operated by its 3,000 descendants – some of whom temporarily live there to assist with conservation and running the guest houses. It was originally inhabited by a community of headhunters, who eventually deserted the island – their descendants say it was owing to a combination of dysentery and too much gossip!

Tetepare is a larger island than I expected and it took the four of us a day to get there: a flight from Brisbane to Honiara then a smaller plane to Munda then a wonderful small boat ride (with Mary and Tumi from Tetepare) across the ocean – passing many islands, dolphins, bird life, people fishing in their canoes and basic communities. 

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Arriving at Tetepare Island (see a photo of the shore above), we were greeted by a warrior performance (hair-raising!), given garlands of local plants and flowers (beautiful) and toured through the small establishment, comprising 3 guest houses, a main ‘mess hall’ style area arranged with local ferns and tropical flowers for our visit and staff quarters.  

In the next few blog posts, I’ll take you through the following few days at Tetepare. In this time, I was honored to be a recipient of Tetepare descendants’ generosity, humour and relaxed ways. 

More to come on my Solomon Islands experience…

Happy days to you,

Sam

www.samanthabell.com.au 

 

This was automatically posted as I am currently relaxing in India!