In Grade 9, I participated in 2 different service groups, Snow Club and Van der Poel, hoping to be able to make a difference for different kids in Japan. In Snow Club, I went on a trip called, CHILL Japan where we went and taught children who had been affected by the 2011 earthquake how to snowboard. It was truly a joy to be able to make those kids smile and see them learning a skill that we were helping them to learn. We interacted greatly with the kids and this allowed me to learn a lot more about how the different children cope with the losses they may have had back in 2011 and how we can do our best to help them to enjoy life and still have a great time. In Van der Poel, I kept as an active member of the group, however, I wasn’t able to go to every event. One event that I went to was the Christmas party we hosted, where kids came from I think the orphanage (I can’t remember too well anymore) and we allowed them to have a great time celebrating a Holiday in a big group and making it so they can have an enjoyable time. This also allowed me to gain a conceptual understanding of how even doing something that may seem like a common matter to us, can greatly impact the lives of others, even if it is only by a little.
This audio recording is about what we did throughout the 9th grade expedition in Tsunan, Niigata.
-I talk about how this trip allowed us to come together as a community and I reflect on the role, which I play within this expedition.
-I talk about how I changed my attitude towards this type of experience after this expedition, and talk about a few of the skills which I learned.
-I talk about how this wilderness experience has changed me as a person.
DRAGON DAYS REFLECTION
|Designing our project was…||Interesting and Exciting|
|Reasons I liked working with my group||Everybody was proactive and enthusiastic about our project. We all helped each other out and we overcame different challenges.|
|ATL skills that I used well||Communication, Organization, Creative thinking, Critical thinking|
|Great moments along the way||When I was able to create a 3d model using sketchup of a secondary turf on the roof.
When the teachers we asked supported our idea and gave us suggestions.
|One thing I learned from another group||That whales can die by eating garbage that is thrown onto the ground.|
|Next time, I will||Find a way to make an even more realistic model of a secondary turf and hopefully convince the local yokohama community center to let us build higher so we can build this secondary turf.|
|Something awesome that I contributed||Something awesome that I contributed was a 3D realistic looking model of a secondary turf on the roof.|