April 19, 2011
I went to Malawi, Africa with the goal to teach children English, haul water, educate the community about HIV/AIDS and go on two unforgettable adventures to a Safari in Zambia and Lake Malawi. However, from the day that I arrived at The Little Field Home, the eighty some odd orphans taught me more than I ever thought I could learn. When I went to Malawi during three weeks of the summer of 2009, I went for the experience. I went to see what life was like under the poverty line, and to give back to a community. I also went to be selfless, to help those who needed it, and to improve the lives of others. Stepping foot in Chigamba Village was so much more than I had hoped for. The children have smiles from ear to ear despite their conditions, they are always willing to take a walk, to assist with doing laundry, help with hauling water and always interested in reading, writing and learning. When the tears were streaming down my face when I had to say good bye, I knew it would be a see-you-later. And that turned out to be accurate when I returned during the summer of 2010. These children became a part of my every day life to this day as their photographs take up the majority of my wall space, and their memories take over all those I had previously made from prior experiences.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
my every day life. It is important to know how to plan a teaching lesson, to be organized, to be good at public speaking as well as communicating even with a language barrier.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
spend more time teaching. Although we read for an hour and a half every night and do lesson time during the day and the kids get antsy, they need all the education they can get, as they are far behind because of the lack of teachers, buildings, facilities and supplies the country has.
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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & Volunteered at an orphanage, taught English, gave HIV/AIDS presentations. .