It’s pretty hard to imagine somewhere more different to Queenstown than Palestine, but that’s where two keen resort skateboarders are heading to share their skills.
Caitlin Hodgen, 29, and Te Rina Adams, 31, will jet off on Tuesday for a month-long trip to Ramallah to teach kids how to skate, and, as Hodgen says, “empower the youth of Palestine through skateboarding”.
“They’re good life lessons, falling over and getting back up again, especially for the girls over there that aren’t as encouraged.”
Adams agrees, saying skate-boarding is “one of those things that is really universal”.
“It doesn’t matter where you go in the world, it’s something that creates a lot of community for people of all ages,” she says.
“Often we’ll see kids really young at the skate park, to adults at the skate park, all interacting with each other and having a good time.”
The project is run through UK-based charity SkatePal, which works with communities throughout Palestine to en-hance the lives of young people and promote the benefits of skateboarding.
Hodgen and Adams also put their coaching skills to good use locally, running casual skate nights for girls in Queenstown every Friday.
It’s the latest in a long line of similar projects the pair have been involved with, including trips to Morocco and Iraq to help build skate parks and teach lessons.
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