Last week, we became volunteers for 3 days at the Little Rose Warm Shelter. The group included Ngọc (11B), Lucy (11I), Thiên Ân (11B), Kiệt (11V) and Anh Huy (11V). We had a chance to play team-building games such as Twenty One and Dodge Ball or (Dodge Shuttle cock) or creative games like Origami or other games that required patience and dexterity. Teaching English, Hard or Easy? Additionally, we were also able to teach English to the children at the shelter and we realised that this was not easy at all! It was so challenging for us to teach the children the preposition or the alphabet since we needed to figure out the simplest explanation for them. Besides, we had to use our creativity to help the children at the shelter to memorise new English vocabularies. One of the most memorable games was – ‘Actionary’ – the game was designed to help the children learn the English alphabet; we needed to use our body to form the shape of the letter so that the children could guess the letter in English. The game brought up a lot of laughter and the children quickly could remember the alphabet. Being Translators At the shelter, we were also given an opportunity to assist the staff in translation work. This was definitely a different challenge for all of us because we had to ensure the translated text was concise and was as close to the original one as possible but still fit the context; this was not as simple as using English for traditional subjects at school.
Come and Experience the Little Rose! We will never forget this experience and hope that we can visit the Little Rose Shelter this summer!