- Experience week to Japan
- Habitat for Humanity Build Trip to Conghua, China
How did you become more aware of your own strengths and areas for growth?
After participating in the two volunteering activities to two different places (mentioned above), I have become more aware of my own strengths and areas for growth because I learned to do something that I had never done before within a short period of time. I realised that I am a quick learner and I am able to communicate well with the locals. For example, during my experience week to Japan, my host family taught me how to remove crops from their farm, which was my first time doing this kind of work. However, I was able to catch up very quickly and helped her harvest a lot of sweet potatoes. Moreover, they cannot speak English well and I cannot speak Japanese fluently, I was able to communicate with them through body language and a little bit of Japanese simple phrases. Thus, I think that these are my strengths. However, I noticed some areas of improvement, for example, it took me quite a long time to remember the Japanese etiquettes and I could not adapt to the traditional culture in Japan. Therefore, I think I might need to improve in this area, to adapt faster to a new environment.
How did you undertake challenges that developed new skills?
In the Habitat for Humanity build trip to Conghua, we had to move bricks and build the wall using concrete and the bricks. I was in charge of the wall building part and a local villager taught me the skills that I need in order to build the wall of a house. The bricks were heavy and it was quite difficult to meet their expectations because we cannot make errors when building the fundamentals of a house otherwise people cannot live in it. Since I was not able to meet the requirements at the beginning, we had to demolish layers of bricks for several time which was quite frustrating because I worked very hard but at the end my work was not certified. I finally got the concept and skills of building a wall after few hours of building and demolishing, which I thought was definitely a challenge because it was not as easy as I thought, a lot of practises are needed.
How did you discuss, evaluate and plan student-initiated activities?
I was able to actively participate in those events, listen carefully to the leaders and collaborate well with other group mates. For example, we had a few info. sessions before the experience week to Japan took place, so we spent the time to do preparation work for the trip. I volunteered to be the photographer of the trip, which shows that I was able to take initiative during the planning/prep. process of the activity.
How did you persevere in action?
I persevered with the work that I was doing in the activities most of the time even though it was difficult because my purpose of joining those activities was to actually gain experiences, acquire new skills and help the others. Therefore, I reminded myself my intension of joining those activities very often as well as to think more positively, such as, thinking how meaningful it was. I think that those strategies were effective in terms of persevering with my work.
How did you work collaboratively with others?
I collaborated with others in both of the service experiences because both activities required group work. I worked as a group by listening to the others all the time, participating in conversations and helping each other out during critical moments. We were also divided into small groups and each group is responsible for a job. For example, in the China build trip, some of the teammates were in charge of moving bricks and the rests were in charge of building the wall. I was able to wait for my teammates to move the bricks to my side patiently and ask them if they needed any help. I thought that this kind of communication and collaboration skills are very successful because we were helping each other out and allocating work so that everyone has a chance to be responsible for something and eventually we could achieve our goals and finish the big project together within the time given.
How did you develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding?
As can be seen above, I went to two difference places that are outside of Hong Kong to volunteer, which clearly shows that I developed international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding. It is because I was able to work in other countries and contribute to their community, which shows that I engaged globally. I was also able to communicate with the locals in different languages, such as, using cantonese to communicate with villagers in Guang Zhou and using some Japanese phrases to have simple conversation with rural Japanese people. This shows that I developed my multilingualism as I was able to utilise my language skills as well as learning new languages to interact with the locals in the places where I volunteered. Moreover, I exposed to different cultures through my service experiences. For example, in rural Japan, I learned a lot about the Japanese traditional cultures and etiquettes, which allowed me to increase my global awareness.
How did you consider the ethical implications of your actions?
I noticed that people’s lives are very difficult in less developed cities. For example, all of the villagers have to be construction workers in a village in China and they work for long hours every day. Therefore, I decided to join this activity to help them build a better community and reduce the amount of work that they need to get done in order to complete the entire building project within their village. I think that the service experiences that I had this year were really meaningful to me because I feel that I contributed a lot to the community and helped a lot of people by taking action. Since I went to rural area and less developed cities to volunteer, I think that my participation made a difference to their lives as the villagers/locals become happier after meeting people from other places.
10 mins on the treadmill, 10 mins on elliptical and 10 mins on bike machine -continuously
🏃♀️💧feeling tired but great after the session #movement via Instagram http://ift.tt/2GaaWFV
Day 1: pesto pasta (made with fresh basil) and beef
Day 2: pasta with fresh pumpkin sauce, steak, boiled lettuce and fried beans with sesame
Day 3: tomato, cucumber and lettuce salad, with chicken breasts
#food via Instagram http://ift.tt/2tj0ZmY