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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Volunteering at the youth center


January 15th 2013

Today the unbelievable happened; we finally got to volunteer at the Youth Release youth centre. We arrived and again most of the children (we didn’t meet them all yesterday) stood in shock wondering what to do. There were about 100- 150 children playing when we got there. We introduced ourselves and let them come to us, the boys were an instant hit with around 20 children trying to talk to them.  We have learned over the years that the best way to break any barriers is PHOTOS. The majority of the children have never seen a picture of themselves. After that we were all best friends...


We brought a few games and supplies to the youth center for the staff and children to have. There was Darts, Twister, Bowls, and a few more. Trying to teach 100 children how to play these games is no easy task but eventually (after making up many of their own rules) they got it!






After a lot of excitement, and a few fights over how to play and who won what, Niamh and Laura taught an English class. We had asked the project coordinator Abdi if we could assist the teachers with a class to see how it works, and to get to know the teach but somewhere along the way, we had a  mis communication of language. We had to teach 50 something children on our own with nothing prepared (while the boys got the easy task of playing football I might add). Trying to teach 50 something children in sweltering heat who don't really understand you is not an easy task, especially when you forget the words of easy songs like Old McDonald had a farm :) They did love the eieio part and the animal noises so at least they learnt something.


The children had a great command of the English language, they knew the basic greetings, the numbers up to 100 and the name of all the furniture in the class. It was incredible! After the class we played some more games and taught them the rules, I think after today they have finally warmed to us and are no longer afraid of the ferenje...now to meetings to see what needs to be done to make Youth Release bigger and better and see what our future plans are. For now I think we are all happy to just see the youth center up and running, but who knows what the future holds :)

1 comment:

  1. WOOW YOU GIRLS ROCK!!!!! ONCE I AM DONE IN COLLEGE I WANT TO GO THERE AN BE ONE OF YOUR VOLUNTEERS FOR A FEW WEEKS. I COULD TEACH THE KIDS ABOUT HELICOPTERS AND AERO PLANES!!!!IT WOULD BE FUN!!!! YOU TWO ARE AMAZING AND YOU SHOULD BE SO PROUD OF YOURSELVES....WE ARE ALL VERY PROUD OF YOU...XXXX

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