Staying at Da-Keng Elementary School for three days and working here as a teacher for third grade students was not a long period of time, but for me it was a wonderful chance to experience a lot new, meet new people, see Taiwanese daily school life for kids, improve my communication skills while living together with people whose first language is not the same as mine and who come from different cultural background than I do, as well as practice my Chinese with them. It was a challenge and an amazing experience at the same time, because surroundings and environment here is much different from the place that I come from, country called Latvia, which is placed in North - East Europe. First day I would describe as adaptation day for me - I tried to get used to the place I have to stay for next days (which I did pretty fast), meet all the other volunteers and, of course, do my best at teaching children of this elementary school. Since my Chinese is not good enough to teach in it, my main responsibility was to teach English vocabulary. My student seemed satisfied with it and as I noticed, he did learn quiet a lot new words. Besides teaching as it is used to, I tried to teach all of the students English by singing and dancing, and all of them seemed happy and excited about it. In the second day we had classes without any fun activities or games, but in my opinion it did not make this day much less interesting. We taught them mathematics, English and reading (Chinese). According to what my student has said, he felt very happy and enjoyed his day. Third day is the last one for me here, and during English class we learned new words again and reviewed the ones we learned the day before. I noticed that my student had made big progress in reading numbers in English and remembering them, as well as he succeeded in learning new words. Generally I would describe him as a quiet, but definitely inquisitive, smart, responsible and hard-working child who wholeheartedly liked to learn and know something new, who is good at mathematics and keen on learning English. As a positive aspect I can mention the way how we all spent time together between classes. Every break all kids always went outside and played different games such as baseball, badminton and others, and they were even more happy about the fact that teachers-volunteers joined them. It was a good way how to make our relations better and become good friends. I can surely and truly say that I enjoyed volunteering at Da-Keng Elementary School in Taichung, Taiwan, and it is absolutely wonderful way how to spend summer vacation - by helping others, making new friends, challenging yourself with something new, enjoying time with others and doing work that takes such an important place in making our youth, our youngest generation better - being a teacher. I definitely recommend other young people to participate in this program, because it is certainly worth it.
Monta Ozola (Latvia) (拉脫維亞)