PROGRAMMES: Hilly adventure for 50 undergraduates
IT was a win-win situation. Fifty University of Management and Technology (UMTECH) students -- both local and international -- took part in the institution's recent Anak Angkat Programme at Kampung Taman Sedia, Cameron Highlands.
The course was part of the tertiary body's corporate social responsibility initiative to give back to the community. It was also designed to allow the undergraduates to experience life in the mountains away from the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur.
The four-day programme started with the launch at Kampung Taman Sedia by Tanah Rata assemblyman Datuk Ho Yip Kap. The opening ceremony was followed by dinner for students with their adopted parents.
The second day kicked off with a motivational talk by Student Affairs deputy dean Chong Kim Lay and Faculty of Business Administration senior lecturer Iszmi Ishak attended by 110 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia Principle of Accounts students from SMK Sultan Ahmad Shah, SMK Ringlet and SMK Kg. Raja in Cameron Highlands.
This was followed by a gotong-royong session where students cleaned up the village of litter.
The learning institution later presented hampers of foodstuffs to less fortunate members of the community.
The afternoon was spent at Bharat Plantations where students filmed their flash mob, which they had spent many hours practising.
Towards the end of filming, the skies opened up, and wind and rain lashed the scenic hills.
Though the students were drenched, they got to witness the splendour of a brilliant rainbow with the setting sun over the rolling, dark green hills.
Day three was one of physical and mental challenge as the students climbed the peak of Gunung Berembun.The hiking trip took eight gruelling hours.
However, as they trooped back to Kampung Taman Sedia, the promise of a BBQ Dinner and Performance Night held to mark Earth Hour buoyed their spirits.
The evening included a dreamy gamelan performance, karaoke singing on stage and a prize-giving ceremony for distinguished members of the day's expedition.
On the last day, the morning was filled with a visit to KHM Strawberries & Jam factory where the visitors sampled strawberry jam, ice cream and drinks.
By the end of the programme, many students had come to affectionately refer to their adopted mothers and fathers as bapak and ibu. The international students felt a twinge of regret at leaving the tranquil village.