Sunday, October 18, 2009

October Volunteers: Joe Moore and Juleen Rodakowski

Meet Joe Moore and Juleen Rodakowski, who have been volunteering here for over a week ...  teaching and working with a group of local children.

Joe and Juleen prepared an excellent program for their daily class, consisting of a variety of different activities, interspersed with time on the playground.

Literature, reading and comprehension figured strongly in their teachings.

Part of each day's class would consist of a craft session focussing on an aspect of education.  On this day, the children are making a mobile that illustrates what they dream of accomplishing, what they are working towards, when they finish school.

For the children, the highlight of each afternoon was their English class ... they love it ... and they participate with great enthusiasm, not only repeating the words, but writing them in the notebooks that several of them began bringing after the first day's class.  Most kids here know that a working knowledge of English will move them rapidly up the employment ladder if they are lucky enough to obtain work in tourism when they finish their educations.

One of the modules that Juleen and Joe taught was on garbage and the importance of keeping their neighborhood clean.  They made a game of cleaning up the entire block to see which team could find the most garbage, and made badges to say that they are members of the "I Do Not Litter" Club.

It was a great week!!  Thanks Joleen and Joe!


Joe Moore said...

A little late in response, I know, but we, Juleen and Joe, should say that it was a great week. The center you've put together is worthy of much more time and effort than we were able to put in. You should know, Anne, that you inspired us then and, though we're far from you and your project now, you continue to do so still. Juleen, in fact, claims that she'll start making bread upon our return to the US, for example. I just hope it's half as good as yours.

Thanks for the kind words. And, please, take care, Anne. It was a pleasure.

Joe y Juleen

Anne Lossing said...

Good luck with the bread baking ... and if you ever decide that you want to spend more time in the area, we welcome your return! With your high level of caring and compassion, you are teaching way more than you know. May Blessings Follow! Anne