Dan's Story

Overall, the training and trip were excellent. The training was challenging but made a massive difference to the ability of me and the group. Mick – you have been excellent to deal with, friendly, helpful, professional and humorous. Whenever you led the training sessions you demanded and got people’s attention, well done!! You have a great ability to bring about the best in people.
The trip itself was amazing. Initially, I wasn’t happy that you weren’t coming and that we hadn’t met our trek leader, but I can not speak more highly of Ian ‘Smithy” Smith. From the initial conversation on the phone and then meeting Smithy at the airport in Moresby he was FANTASTIC. He captured the group’s attention and read the participants very well. He earned the respect of the group through his passion, commitment, organisation and professionalism. He endeavored to create a positive lasting memory for all the participants and I believe he achieved this – most certainly for me. His knowledge of the campaign and the way he delivered this was tremendous – I, along with many other members were brought to tears. It’s important for young men to be able to see that it’s ok to show emotions and Smithy knew when to tread softly but also when to push people. He is a great asset for your company Mick – as he would say, a ripping bloke.
To sum it all up, the most amazing and moving trip I have been on. I feel priviledged to have completed the trek and would most definately go back – fingers crossed I’ll be on another SJC trip at some stage.
Thanks for an amazing experience Mick, Smithy and Australian Kokoda Tours.

JUN 2017