Wave 2 of our #RideTheWave coach training programme which began in September 2020 was a workshop with a difference. This time, aspiring coaches from across the world dialled into our virtual classroom (aka the Beach Hut!), to begin their training to become professional coaches.
We approached the virtual experience with some trepidation, curious as to how the journey to become a coach might be different in a virtual world, rather than face to face. However, on the Welcome Call the group began to collaborate, learn and laugh immediately, reassured by the opportunity to use the chat and get to know each other in the breakout rooms. One of our new #RideTheWave coaches commented: “As an introvert who is massively out of my comfort zone, I felt the Zoom protocols worked well for me personally. The 'chat facility‘ on Zoom was excellent and allowed another avenue for communication.”
Joining us from as far away as Karachi in Pakistan, the workshop had a positive impact on all of the coaches. We were delighted to read the feedback from one of our “surfers”, as we call our coaches in the #RideTheWave community - “This is one of the most exciting experiences one needs to have in their lifetime. The reason being you learn so much about yourself and how you can be a positive force for the right change in other people.”
Everybody that joins #RideThe Wave is committed to becoming a coach who will make waves in the world by using their new coaching skill in their organisations or communities, and by offering their newly developed coaching skills on a pro bono basis to charities and social impact organisations. To enable as diverse a community of coaches as possible we award 2-3 social impact scholarships on every wave of our professional coach training programme.
Leslie Lumumba, Founder of TheBuild, was awarded one of these social impact scholarships to develop his coaching skills and help young men in his community to express themselves, become more confident discussing their feelings and connect with each to provide emotional support and personal growth.
Leslie said “Joining #RideTheWave has already been an incredible experience, opening my eyes to the world or professional coaching and providing me with skills and tools to further support my community at TheBuild”
TheBuild’s core vision is about the journey of development for young men. A particular focus on financial, spiritual and relationship growth. TheBuild aims to educate and empower each member through facilitating conversations about how to achieve this growth. TheBuild provides events, programmes and experiences where young men have a space and opportunity to open up and connect. One of TheBuild members explained why the organisation is so beneficial to him: “For me, as somebody that struggles to articulate my emotions, It’s actually helped me become a bit more open and it’s really inspiring because I feel within myself that I’m growing. Everyone’s been so honest and it’s so heart-warming to be able to share these things.”
TheBuild is the first of many social impact organisations we are supporting with professional coach training scholarships and pro bono coaching opportunities. If you think your organisation would benefit from working with us on bringing about much needed change in the world then we’d love to hear from you.
You can read more about our Social Impact here.