Such associations ranged from Chinese programmes, such as the Hua Xin Rehabilitation Centre, to international ones like the Indochina Starfish Foundation. The activities our peers took part in also varied greatly with wonderfully creative ideas. On the whole, we all agreed that this week highly assisted in highlighting our strengths and weaknesses, developing problem-solving skills, and performing traits from the IB learner profile which are attributes that we all strive for.
During the week, my group engaged in different activities every day. For Tuesday’s shift, we set up an information booth outside the dining hall and gave out cookies to those who actively participated. As it was the first day of putting plans into action, the course of events did not run as smoothly as expected. Looking back on the details, we believe that it was because of our limited attention to detail due to time constraints. The next day, we went around in form time to give presentations out to the Year 7s. This time, we focused on keeping to time and transferring information effectively. For every form, we played a video we made from our visit to the rehabilitation center and answered questions afterwards. Following that, we had another information booth on Thursday at break time. Although we carried out the same event as the one on Tuesday, we were able to share information more effectively. Lastly, we planned a scavenger hunt for the Primary school on Friday.
The week was undoubtedly a challenge for every group as our year group has never before been given a long-term assignment such as this, lasting an entire week. It was more of an ordeal for some groups because there were unexpected absences of group members. For us, we had to carry out the primary shift with only two members, because the rest were on their media trip. Other challenges we encountered were language barriers. During our visit to the Rehabilitation Centre, my group had to interview the administrator of the Centre, who only spoke Chinese. To overcome this challenge, we prepared questions beforehand by using translation programs and recorded the answer he gave us. After we got back, we had help from Mandarin teachers and translators to write English subtitles.
Through this experience, I learned the importance of not only individual effort, but also collaboration. To be able to contribute to group work, accomplishing individual responsibilities on time is crucial. Therefore, if we were to improve our overall performance, I would need to avoid procrastination and pay special attention to finishing tasks early. Moreover, this week taught us the importance of cooperative skills in accomplishing a group project. For further assignments we are going to apply this skill by being open to all opinions and making more effort to understand one another. By doing so, we can successfully achieve the learner profiles of being a communicator, being balanced, and tolerant. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to develop new skills during RAG week and being able to contribute to the community. It was also a great way to interact with different year groups in the school.
Jiwoo Yoon, Year 12