For my community engagement I have participated in the snow club in YIS. The snow club is a club where we plan ski trips and raise money for the NPO Chill Japan. In the club I have participated in buying tickets, volunteering at the Burton sale and going to the Chill Japan weekend in Iwate. The Chill Japan weekend was an event where volunteers came to teach kids who come from the Tohoku region, which was affected by the 3/11 earthquake in Japan. And this was a big event because these children have had a rough time, some of them have lost parents or been displaced, and have seen traumatizing things. They also don’t have many opportunities to do things that many children would do. The whole point of this trip was to give this to these children and to make sure that they have fun, to make sure that they feel like a part of this world, which all adds to their mental wellbeing. And by teaching them to snowboard and participating in activities, I believe me and the other volunteers have achieved this goal.
As I mentioned before I participated a lot in this trip, but I also think I learned a lot. As volunteers we had to stand up and participate, we had to be the ones to take action, and as a kid who has never really done that, it was a very new and different experience. This trip has really helped my understanding and appreciation to being a leader and a teacher. And I believe that my progress report shows this.