My name is Aaron Au and I’m a student at Canadian International School of Hong Kong. This blog contains everything that I’ve done both inside and outside of school that I believe is important to share and impactful towards the community. Feel free to take a look. Thanks!
This year, I was able to create an impact on society by providing action to the community through various events. Below, are two events which capture some of the things I’ve done.
#2: Kids4Kids Session at Tung Wah Lei Tung Integrated Services Center
1. How did you become more aware of your own strengths and areas for growth?
After participating in a variety of service activities over the course of the year, I was better able to pinpoint what type of service I enjoyed to do and whether I considered it to be a strength. An activity which I found to be my greatest strength was by helping those in need. This was evident a few times during the year, which included my involvement with Kids4Kids (where I went to a school and taught children to learn and read). Since I found it to be such a rewarding experience, I’ve decided to continue on the sessions for the years 11 and 12.
2. How did you undertake challenges that developed new skills?
This year, service has become a completely new experience for me. This began with a beach cleanup service which I believed helped develop my enjoyment towards service activities as well as collaboration skills by working in a team. In addition, my time-management skills also got better as I had to dedicate and organize my time during after school hours in order to fit in sessions for service. However, I believe that the key takeaway skill would’ve been open mindedness. As it allowed me to view the world in another perspective and truly understand the importance of helping those in need.
3. How did you discuss, evaluate and plan student-initiated activities?
During the Kids4Kids Sessions, each volunteer is given the opportunity to handle and teach the content needed for the child. This was important because, during the time frame of a couple of hours, I needed to plan and lead the lesson for the child. In addition, since their level of English was different to mine’s, it was also important to evaluate and discuss how I could match their level of understanding in a friendly way.
4. How did you persevere in action?
To begin with, all the service activities that I took part in required perseverance. It was important that I was committed to visiting each service activity at least monthly and did it to my best of my abilities. This was even more evident during my service trip to India because since the environment itself was so different to Hong Kong, it was incredibly difficult to adapt. However, through perseverance and resilience, I was able to overcome this and do my best.
5. How did you work collaboratively with others?
During my service trip to India, we visited a local school. There, our team was split into smaller groups, with each including 4 people. From there, we were given the time to work with another group of students from the school ranging from 10-12 students. This proved to be a difficult task in the beginning because we were outnumbered and had another factor to get through, which was the language barrier. However, by collaborating with the team, we learned that staying with the basics by using simple sentences and gestures made the task much easier to communicate and work with.
6. How did you develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding?
Over the course of my MYP years, I have completed many service activities and trips to develop my international mindedness and intercultural understanding. This has ranged from a variety of activities (both global and local) that I’ve participated in, including trips to multiple third world countries such as Sabah, India, and Inner Mongolia. Through this experience, I was able to open up and understand the language and cultures that connected to help create the global community. I found this to be important because it opened myself up to new ideas which I had never known before.
7. How did you consider the ethical implications of your actions?
To me, I find enjoyment in giving back what I learn to the community. Whether this means through reading and educating children to physical labor and building houses, all types of service prove to have a positive impact in some way. Because of this reason, I believe that the ethical implications of my actions in service have taught me to respect and understand the importance of helping both the local and global community.
Were you able to continue with your selected habits for the entire semester?
Overall, I believe that my dedication towards weekly healthy habits was a little inconsistent. For example, on some weeks I would work extra hard and surpass the original expectations whereas for other weeks I would be slacking a little. In addition, there were some days where I decided not to accomplish the goal (such as sleeping earlier) due to a number of assessments assigned.
Was this experience useful in promoting health and wellness into your life.
Personally, I think that the idea of the constant reminder of health and wellness was useful in promoting a positive attitude/mindset in terms of the goals I wrote out. However, the technology bit (Instagram) was a bit of a fuss.
Will you try to continue to implement some of the habits into your daily lives?
Yes, I believe that receiving enough sleep would be the most useful to my everyday life and allowing myself to stay more awake during class. Furthermore, weekly exercises would be great as I would have a chance to stand up more often and move.
If you were to do this again, what would you change?
No use of Instagram. I don’t see the point of it and most of the time, I forgot to post nearly all my photos.
To what extent has the film raised the target audiences knowledge and understanding of how the theme/event influenced the central characters?
Honestly none at all. Here are two reasons explaining why. First, only FIVE people have watched our video since it was uploaded (and 4/5 of the views come from myself). Secondly, apart from a handful of teachers and the other students who took part in the project, literally no one else in the school even knows that this film exists. Otherwise, if you do so happen to coincidently pass along and see this video, feel free to watch 🙂
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