Throughout the different places I have travelled to, I have been able to grow as an individual by understanding and appreciating different cultures through these experiences, and by being open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities.
In May 2014, I went to Chang Rai, Thailand and was able to go to a local primary school and play games with the children. We had the chance to experience their school environment and community, as well as understand how the children of different age groups interact with each other by playing games with us.
Playing with a parachute with the primary school children in Chang Rai, Thailand
In November 2016, I went to Fujian, China, and had the opportunity to stay 3 nights in a tulou, which are Chinese rural dwellings unique to the Hakka culture. We were able to experience the living environment of the locals, as well as participate in a puppet show by creating a plot with the puppets and play the instruments. Therefore, allowing us to appreciate the local traditions of the community, as there were many young children and elders who watched.
Playing the drums for the puppet show (left), group picture at the center of the tulou (right)