Cadet Flight Sergeant Kane Dunker of 504 (west Nottingham) Squadron recently returned to the United Kingdom after a 16 day experience to Hong Kong with the UK contingent as part of the International Air Cadet Exchange.
The purpose of the International Air Cadet Organisation is to plan and run an annual, world-wide exchange for aviation-minded young people each July. It is made up of members from 23 countries which include Ghana National Cadet Corps, the Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps, the Turkish Aeronautical Association and the UK ACO. Each year they give over 500 young people the opportunity to expand their horizons, experience different cultures and make life-long friendships.
Whilst out in Hong Kong Kane endured extremely humid weather conditions, which were up to 31 degrees every day. The programme for the UK delegates included Temple Tours, visits to Shopping Malls, a boat trip, a visit to a Squadron during a parade evening, a tour of Hong Kong Harbour, Museums, a flight in a helicopter, Fire Department visit, a tour of mainland China and a look around the Market areas.
On his return to 504 Squadron, Kane presented to the rest of the cadets pictures and information of his experiences from his time on the IACE programme and presented the squadron with a special gift depicting Hong Kong tradition, Flight Sergeant Dunker commented:
“My favourite parts of my time in Hong Kong were the helicopter flights with the Government Flying Service and meeting new people from around the world. The accommodation was quite nice in HK where as in China we stayed in 2 different 5* hotels which were amazing, I even had the opportunity to share my accommodation with a member from another country.”
CI J Dodds