UVU Basketball Game:
For my first few service learning hours, I helped with the event our class had put together for the refugee kids. We did a basketball clinic that AK was mainly in charge of. The kids absolutely love him. It was cute. At first it was hard to branch out of my shell. I felt uncomfortable and just wanted to stay with the classmates I knew. Once I started participating in the drills it became more fun. Even though I am not talented in basketball, it was still a good way to make conversation with some of the kids.
When we had dinner I chose to sit with two girls whose names I can’t remember but it was fun. Our connecting piece was me letting them use snapchat on my phone. They loved playing with the dog filters. The girls kept gathering over to me since I was letting some of them play on my phone.
After dinner, Brenna and I were showing the girls around campus. I think the best part about the campus tour was showing them a trick to do while in an elevator. This wasn’t good but I taught them how to time their jumps with the elevator. If they jumped up while the elevator was going up then the floor of the elevator would reach them sooner. If they jumped up while the elevator was going down, then they would feel as if they had jumped really high since it was somewhat prolonged. The girls loved this. They wanted to keep riding the elevator up and down. I even stayed with them while the game was going so that they could play in the bouncy house as well as ride the elevator again. It was a fun night.
A few of these girls added me on snapchat and message me pretty frequently asking when I would see them next. I personally I feel weird talking to them since they’re young girls but I still respond to their messages since I can tell how much it means to them.
I was at this event for a total of 7 hours. I was there from 2:00-9:00pm.
While I was in the Dominican Republic, I had the opportunity to help plant 500 oak trees in the rain forest. This was really cool. I have never been in a rain forest so it was a fun experience. I can’t remember whether mud slides or land slides occur in rain forests but the leaders over this project told us we were planting these oak trees in the places we did so that it could help prevent future damage from when a mud slide occurs. As humid and hot as it was, I loved being able to help out. This was an experience that I don’t think I will ever have again.
I did this for 4 hours. From 8:00-12:00pm
I can’t remember the name of the school I went to but I helped teach 12 year old children English while I was in the Dominican Republic. I was actually really nervous about this since I don’t know or speak any spanish. I can’t even roll my R’s. The teachers said it was actually better that I didn’t speak Spanish because it would force the kids to only speak English with me. Personally, I think they were lying to me just to make me feel better. This was fun. At first I had 3 girls I was helping teach English words to and then after lunch I only had one boy student. This boy challenged me. He thought I should be learning Spanish if I was teaching him English. The flash cards I was using had the word written in English on one side and then Spanish on the other side . We would take turns teaching each other. I would run through the stack of cards with him in English and then we would switch and he would teach me the words in Spanish. He was doing a much better job than I was. All of my credibility of teaching English was gone. It was a lot of fun.
I helped with this for 5 hours. From 8:00-1:00pm.
For the remainder of the hours I need I am choosing to help Brenna with the art day she will be doing on May 13th with, because he first loved us. I am excited about this opportunity because that means I get to see the girls I had met at the UVU basketball game! They are so cute.
I planned to be there for 5 hours but messed up on the paper I had turned in with my hours. The event is from 1:00-4:00pmand then clean up from 4:00-5:00pm. Either way, I will have enough hours for the service learning.
All of these service activities made me get out of my comfort zone. I loved the opportunities they had presented for me to grow and expand my knowledge on cultural topics and issues. I have loved the experiences I had gained. I thank this class for broadening my view of the world and different cultures. There are so many scenarios that I look back on and realize I was probably being offensive in somethings I have said and thought of people. All of the experiences I have had within the service learning things I’ve done are experiences I won’t have again. All of them were special and unique to me.