Communicating with fruit and fighting for social justice are what drive him… Meet Darren Zeng!

Darren Zeng is a new member to the team and has already integrated his flair and passion into the program. Always happy to help and contribute his ideas, Darren is able to completely run away with any project and make it better.

With his unique sense of humour, Darren keeps the spirit of the team high. Using his skills in working with a team and bringing out the best in everyone, Darren has had a huge influence in the 2017 RYLA program and we can’t wait his impact on the week and in the future.


Get to know Darren…

  1. If you could take one thing with you and be stranded on an island, what would it be? A shipping container full of toilet paper. 
  2. What is your greatest fear? And would you embrace that fear for 12 hours for $1000? My greatest fear is $1000. 
  3. What did you want to be when you were young? In all honesty, I wanted to be a Garbage Truck Driver, seemed like a great gig to me at the time! 
  4. If you could have one superpower what would it be? The power to communicate with fruit. 
  5. If you could travel in time where would you go? 10 years into the future, just to see what I have or have not accomplished. 
  6. What motivates you to get up in the morning? Usually the alarm clock. 
  7. What is the first thing you notice in someone? Sense of Humour. 
  8. What was the worst thing you ever did as a kid? When I was a kid, I would cry until my parents bought me a small toy car, which I would instantly dismantle, then cry until they got me another one. 
  9. What is the one thing you can’t live without?
  10. What would you have on your tombstone? Well… that was a big fall.


Why did you become a RYLA facilitator?
The main reason I became a RYLA facilitator was to support and enable others to reach their full potential in an inspiring and committed environment. It is my desire to ensure that all individuals experience an eye-opening journey and develop skills that will be the foundation for their future endeavors.


What did you expect when you got into the RYLA program (as a participant)?


            In all honesty, I had absolutely no idea what to expect! The only information that I received was that RYLA was going to involve me spending a week alone, at a conference, with 80 other young, aspiring leaders. And that’s the beauty of it 😀


What’s your favourite RYLA moment (as participant)?


            My favourite RYLA moment was meeting kind, decent people who share similar values in promoting their community and peers and knowing that I will maintain a lasting friendship with some of them for the rest of my life.


Learn more about what makes Darren tick…

Guided by the principles of social justice and human rights, Darren is committed to working in the community to develop definite, positive results. Whilst at school, Darren spent four years in the Australian Army Cadets, where he developed strong skills in Leadership and Teamwork. Building on his experience, Darren regularly volunteers for the NSW State Emergency Service (SES), focusing on Rescue, Community Engagement and Media Relations. Currently enrolled at the University of Notre Dame, studying a combined Bachelor of Human Resource Management and Bachelor of Arts, Darren also works in Drug and Alcohol Services, where he strives to provide the best possible treatment. Darren hopes to one day, work in international services, providing, aid, relief and education to communities that need them the most.

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