July 12 Volunteering in China – Global Volunteers

Thought for the Day from The Lorax by Dr. Seuss: 

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Journal by: Gretchen Webster

Tuesday A.M. began with the usual breakfast meeting and journal reading, then onto the bus and off to class. Students ready and waiting, our class began with a Thought for the Day discussion on a quote by Mahatma Gandhi: ”You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Anne led us in the alphabet song: ”A You’re Adorable.”

Then students talked about their families using information, photos or pictures they had been instructed to bring as a homework assignment. Next up was an activity on Lost and Found, including a story and dictation for multi-level abilities with emphasis on listening and writing.
Returning tired and hungry we agreed lunch was delicious and all gave Warren a big thumbs-up and permission to order all of the same for any meal in the future.

During afternoon lecture Warren talked about his experiences volunteering for GV and Gretchen discussed some of the other volunteer programs that are in the U. S. at home and abroad. Dinner time finally saw the opening of the bottle of Chinese Wine contributed by Anne. It tasted mighty good after a long hard day. And our fuwuyuan made sure it lasted a good long time as she doled it out one swallow at a time.

Over wine we waited for Collin to come help with free time activity ideas. Finally arriving for all of 30 seconds with a few books and pamphlets and what we thought was a promise to return. After dinner Anne , Susan and Gretchen walked to Wal-Mart and took the grand tour. spending most of the time trying to find correct up and down escalators.Our next mission was to find the Friendship Store which remained incomplete, settling for Magnum ice-cream bars instead!!
We headed back . feeling great to get out and walk. We should all sleep well tonight!!
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