I recently signed up to join a volunteering program. Hosted by NRC11, #LoveMyEnglish aims to teach English through performing arts to a selected group of low income background Form 4 kids. I’m always looking out for an opportunity to give back and so a programme like this really appealed to me – what more through teaching English, my favourite subject! Hehe
This programme spans 8 sessions over 3 months and we’re recently finished our 3rd session. For 2 hours on selected Saturday mornings, these hard working Form 4 kids come to school to participate in this programme run and taught by Blu Bricks Organisation (they specialise in teaching through performing arts). Our job as NRC11 volunteers is simply to assist the teachers and help ease the learning process.
I’m enjoying every single moment. I generally enjoy volunteering but what is distinctly exciting about this programme is that because it’s spread over 3 months, you are able to see progression taken place in these kids. In the first session most of them were shy and kept to themselves which made things tough and nearly convinced me that it was going to take some perseverance. But 2-3 sessions later I’ve noticed some positive improvement – these kids are more trusting of us and are stepping outside their shell to speak out more. It’s really great and I’m looking forward to the next 5 sessions (imagine the improvement then!)
This programme is specifically tailored to teach English through performing arts so it’s not your conventional English lesson. This programme aims to instil confidence in the kids to be able to step out and speak out – through games and verbal exercises. So far so good, I can see the kids are enjoying themselves and showing more initiative to learn. I guess you could say that serves as a big compliment.
Besides doing our part to give back to society, what is motivating is knowing that there are like-minded people out there who feel the same way as you do about a certain cause. Thus is the beauty of volunteerism that keeps me going. I’ve met some great people in this programme and I’m grateful. It reminds me that for as caught up as we are in our lives and our problems, we make sure to place greater importance in giving back where we can. For that I am hopeful of a better nation.
Want to join? It’s not too late! 4th session is this Saturday at 9am. Refer to poster above to sign up :)