Young Ambassador (YA) is a referral-only volunteering program for young leaders to contribute their skills through organising various activities for underprivileged children in the community in the hope to tackle different social issues.
The year long program consists of 3 activity categories:
English Summer Course
Festive Fun Day
Mainland School Visit
Elderly Visit in the Community
Charity Gala Performance
This summer, a couple of friends and I spent three days at the CYLF centerwith two groups of primary school students. The first, a group of eight students from primary 1-3, and the second comprised of ten students from primary 4-6. We spent an hour a day with each group teaching them English and getting to know them. Since someof these children needed extra help and personal attention, we had to acquire a new skillset and learn to teach in a different way. Initially, we had them sit in a circle and just name items in English, however, they did not find that very fun and quicklylost their attention span. We quickly realised that we needed to make learning more fun, so we decided to incorporate games into their learning. We searched online and found a bunch of ESL (English as a Second Language) games. The kids responded to the games very well, and the classroom was filled with lively laughter.Every time I teach underprivileged kids, I feel like they help me see things from a different perspective, and I feel different. I feel so fortunate to have the opportunities that I have had. These children look up to us because we’re older and can speak English fluently, but if I’m being honest, it’s me who looks up to them. Despite the hardships they face in life, they manage to face everything with a huge smile on their faces. I would definitely go back next year.
After my first teaching experience at the CYLF, I realized how difficult it is to be a successful teacher. As a teacher, I felt determined to develop a relationship with the students, so I made an effort to connect with each child. To help the lesson, I had to do some additional research on how to make the class entertaining and enjoyable for the second graders. We played games like number Bingo, Pictionary and some categorizing games. Our goal was to allow the kids to look forward going to lessons and have fun learning. Some of them were not as advanced as some others, therefore the most challenging part was to make them understand. After fifteen minutes of very detailed explanation, I found a huge immense of satisfactionand accomplishment when they were able to use the knowledge I taught them. Although some lessons didn’t go exactly as planned, I feel that our overall preparation is strong.