After a couple of email exchanges and Skype conversations I got their green light to spend six weeks with them working on the different projects they were working on from the Malaysian capital. 18 months after settling into a new country and a new continent, Leadapreneur was welcoming its first intern!
My first weekend in Malaysia was probably the most relaxed one I spent during the whole experience. I enjoyed the wonderful facilities at the condominium I stayed at - and my initial struggle was to figure out which of the six pools I should go to first. The infinity pool with view on the hills or the roof-top beach? I remember Jan saying: “make the most out of this weekend, because it’s about to get crazy.” And crazy it got!
I got the privilege to work with a very motivated group of facilitators who had been trained by Leadapreneur; the ALL STAR team. They made organising and running EPIC so much more easier than it would have been if there had only been the three of us. Most of them had been participants of the previous EPIC cycle and it had been such a transformative experience that they wanted to facilitate this same experience for others - which made my job as leader of the group that much easier.
And of course it was not all work and I can honestly say I had more than my fair share of fun with Jess & Jan - from a hilarious team-bonding activity at a climbing gym to our regular training runs up the Mont Kiara hill with Jess to meeting some of their close friends visiting from Cambodia over a crazy weekend. Not to mention the very successful Mexican-themed party that master-Jess had prepared for weeks and our getaway trip to the Sipadan islands in Borneo to dive in one of the top diving spots in the whole wide world, hanging out on pristine white beaches and swimming in turquoise waters… I will never forget Jan’s random facts of the day and Jess’ glorious awkward moments. It made my experience all the more fun and enjoyable! I am surprised I managed to lose some weight despite the copious amounts of delicious food, combined with treating myself to some fabulous massages. Kuala Lumpur is an awesome city to be in and when work is fun it becomes an explosive combination that turned those six weeks into an unforgettable experience.