Treehaven 2: Induction

In the second of a series of short videos shot on location at the Treehaven retreat centre in South Africa, it’s just a few hours after arrival and leader, Jennifer Marino, welcomes the students and give them some guidance with regard to the program over the next three days. They’re here to take the Friends In The West, leadership and mentorship course, African Odyssey, which has been specially adapted for these young African students. She explains that the overriding theme and an important leadership principle is, “Life is a Team Event”.


This is the motto of African Odyssey. Working well as a team will be the path to success in many areas of your life. Sharing ideas and strengths with one another will make any task easier and more successful.

Even our Lord Jesus Christ didn’t attempt to fulfil His Father’s plan by just working by Himself. He chose a team of twelve. They weren’t ‘perfect’ by any means, but rather than walk away or get rid of them, Jesus worked at helping them develop, teaching them to pray and showing them how to face life’s challenges with an attitude of faith.

In this course, our students will learn the importance of operating as part of a team, and how that team is only as strong as the weakest link. They will have the opportunity to partake in practical demonstrations that will show how one person not pulling their weight, can let the whole team down.

“The one thing all famous authors, world class athletes, business tycoons, singers, actors, and celebrated achievers in any field have in common is that they all began their journeys when they were none of these things. Yet still, they began their journeys.” — Mike Dooley, author of Infinite Possibilities