Our first day at the new kindergarten, we were pretty anxious because we knew the kids were smaller and didn't have as much English as the kids we were used to working with and had gotten so attached to. So our first day at DeYang, we had kids between the ages 2-3 who barely spoke English and were extremely shy. During our lesson, we kept really high energy and did lots of singing and dancing and improvised on the spot, making adjustments as we went. It worked well because they opened up in no time!! It was such a rewarding feeling seeing the kids light up and open up and participate as we were teaching! They ended up being one of my favorite group of kids we worked with too :) --Diarra
This week our team had the opportunity to teach at a brand new school that opened recently. We are so excited to teach children that are so enthusiastic and excited to learn from us. The class that we taught were from ages 3-4yrs old and they were so sharp. We had such a great time engaging with the children and can't wait to meet more of the students at Deyang preschool! Working with children in a foreign country has been the most incredible experience we have had so far! These children are enthusiastic and determined to learn something new every day. We are humbled by how much of an impact we make in their lives, yet the most amazing thing is that they are the ones impacting our lives the most! - Joe & Laura
Just as we are hitting the two week mark, a few people in our group have fallen ill. Some more so than others. First it was Andrew with a cold, then Celeste with food poisoning, and the newest edition was me with an allergic reaction to a bug bite. At first, I didn't think anything was wrong as most of my bug bites swell up larger than normal. However this time was different, all day the professors and other students in the cohort stared at the welt on my leg in shock, asking me "Wow are you okay?" I kept answering, "Yep perfectly fine!" Not worried, I hopped on the bus with everyone to Deyang for the day. As we arrived to the preschool I started to feel like maybe I wasn't okay. That's when a feverish, dizzy, and disoriented feeling took over me.
As someone who is used to extremely long and painful visits to urgent care/the ER in the United States (most times struggling to find coverage to pay for care and medication), I wasn't too excited to say "I think I need to go to the hospital." But after a phone call with my mother, I decided it was the best option for my health. To my surprise, the whole process was unbelievably easy (and cheap) thanks to all the help from Dr. Duh and local Chinese school official Johnson. Surprisingly, the whole process only took 3 hours and I costed 153.6¥ (equivalent to about $22) for the visit and perscriptions-- which included about 5 different pills and 1 topical solution. Although visiting the hospital is such a painless process, I hope no one else has to pay another visit to the hospital during our trip! - Symphony Wren :)