A Different Kind of Teaching Day
It is closing to the end of our volunteering and today I wanted to write about a different experience I had helping at the school. Today I helped set up the wiring for the computers in the computer room. After the teachers and manager of the school were nice enough to include us in a consultation and made us aware that new computers were being donated to the school, we were asked what the best way was to set them up with our ideas and experience.
Today I helped the teachers measure the room and rip out all the old wiring and plastic runners and replace them little bit by bit. It was a very different process to what I was used to back home as everything was so basic and they used double sided tape for the most part. They were so appreciative that I was willing to get my hands dirty and even get up on the ceiling to brave the spiders and break a sweat. I actually really enjoyed it and felt so good contributing to this little project.
Whereas I may have complained if I had to do it at home I was so glad to support this school and the kids and staff as they are truly amazing individuals. Doing this really gave me an insight into the culture and camaraderie that we all stick together as one big family and even though I was of different skin colour, language and place of birth, I was seen as a brother to them.
Even though this was not really teaching as I have grown used to over the past week and a half I actually found this day probably as much if not more rewarding then the others. It was so great to do something hands on and physically give the community support in building something that is safe and great for the learning of these students. A great quote that the local teacher said to me was “hear something and you forget, see something and you remember but do something and you will understand”.
I definitely could relate to this as by doing this act of contribution I could really understand a lot of things from their perspective, the passion behind giving the youth a proper chance for the future and the grassroots appreciation of what I am blessed with in my life.
It was an extremely rewarding and beneficial experience and I was very stoked to have been asked to help.