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When I sat down and began to write something about the past five months, my mind just came back to five months ago. I have already left the Foundation, but what I got from here is really more than I expected, which will be a special inspiration that can keep me moving forward no matter what will happen in the future.

Yi – China

When I first sat down among the Day Care Center kids, being a little dazed since it looked like I just jumped from a busy world to a totally different one. I was a little confused since it seemed that not so many things I could do here. And I was lucky and advised to be patient. Gradually I found out and felt that the more time we spend with the kids, no matter they are from the Day Care or School for the Blind, the more they trust us. They can feel our affection and respond us as well. Once I was so touched when we went to a trip to a zoo with the Day Care kids, on the way home one of volunteers sat down on the floor of the bus, tried to relax her long legs, around five or six kids went up to her, put their heads on her legs and fell into slumber tightly.

Yi – China

I remember the Sisters in Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity told the Chinese volunteer who came to help and said ‘we don’t need your help but you need to be here.’ And I quite realize what it means now. It is such a challenge to give out your love constantly, and equally. After a few months, kids become our normal topic. We laugh when they are happy, we are sad when they are sick or something bad happens to them. Though I am away, they are part of my life.

What impressed me more are the people. I was called ‘teacher’ by the vocational school students and teachers, but they are my real teacher, not only because how tough they are to overcome the disabilities but the way they live their lives. And my volunteer fellows, the full time teachers, several of them are over 70, being active and doing as much as they can for the students, though they never talk about what they did. People here are what I admire most, since they taught me an important lesson of life.

Yi – China

I was supposed to help here, but I left with something more than I gave out. We’ve already talked about coming back here to visit the kids, which would be a little comfort for the departure.

Yi – People’s Republic of China

Volunteer 2011

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