Journal in 2014

Journal Monday July 7th, 2014......Today was day one of our stint as English teachers/babysitters at the nearby preschools……

With six volunteers from America, being myself, Jesse, Kevin, Annie, Michael, and Shuyu, four Chinese volunteers, Susan, Summer, Serena, and Daniel, plus our administrative personnel, Cindy, we divided ourselves into two separate groups to tackle two separate preschools……. By the end of the day, we were utterly exhausted already and were extremely ready to go back to the hotel. Dinner was nice, and our seventh volunteer, Ivy, finally arrived. Afterwards we played many rowdy games of Mafia. Even though it was all very tiring, we still had a lot of fun. 

Journal Tuesday July 8th, 2014……. Annie and I went back to our mid-level class, filled with adorable faces, and proceeded to watch them do their morning exercises……. At lunch, the same food as yesterday was served,

still quite good, and we were finally allowed to just relax. In the afternoon……. since the kids were really young and my Chinese vocabulary is only so expansive, we had a hard time explaining to the kids, I  felt like the afternoon was somewhat of a failure, but overall it wasn’t horrible, as the kids seemed to have fun running around and we got many good pictures.

Journal Wednesday July 9th, 2014……. Today was our third day at the preschool. But more importantly, it was the day of the Brazil vs. Germany World Cup semi-finals game…… After seeing some of the kids becoming super distracted, we played Hot Potato, with Kevin on the piano providing the background music. This went rather well, although some kids were really shy about performing upon receiving the Potato. Even though it was really tiring, I had enjoyed playing with the kids, especially since these ones can actually communicate with me. Kevin, on the other hand, complained that these kids were much too loud, but I think he just had it too good with his first class, which was unusually obedient and quiet for a preschool class……As for Annie and Shuyu’s class, they seemed pretty well-behaved at first glance. Annie started drawing animals, which the children loved looking, and they mobbed her and requested a variety of animals to be drawn, but mostly cats. It was decided that any child who could say the number four in English would receive one Annie-drawing as a prize. This was moderately successful, and the kids were happy…..

Journal Thursday July 10, 2014……When we finally arrived at the preschool, the kids were all very excited to see us. Kevin and I began the day with Musical Chairs once again......

 

Finally, we ended up having any kids who liked performing come to the front of the classroom and sing or recite a poem for everyone, which they really liked……In the afternoon, the kids were extraordinarily hyper in our class. We once again began the afternoon by reading some stories, and then learned three new colors: black, white, and pink. In addition, we reviewed some of the older colors……. After a stressful last day, we were actually somewhat relieved, although we liked the kids, to leave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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常规问题解答(Q&A)

Q: 什么样的孩子可以参加这个项目?

A:9年级以上的学生(包括大学生,与在6月份完成了9年级学习的学生),身心健康,愿意到中国做义工,提高自己,帮助中国孩子的学生都可以报名,会不会中文没有关系。如果你是8年级的学生,请你电话给我们,我们了解情况后告诉你可否报名。 

Q: What kind of students is the program looking for?

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Chinaway Program Multidimensional Think

做义工越多越好吗?

随着美国名校在录取学生时对学生关爱社会或社区服务元素的强调,华人孩子做义工的趋势持续高涨,有些孩子甚至每年做义工达400~500小时。但这有助于名校录取吗?

社区服务即义工的定义是干对他人有益的事而不要求报酬;做对社区有益的事,没有报酬,而且必须是非盈利的领域。

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