volunteer. week one and counting. and counting. and counting.
i have volunteered two times now at my site. i would say it is pretty easy to get there on the bus. its a little scary, a little long of a walk, but it is a great opportunity to people watch. after i sign in at the security checkpoint, i go up four flights of stairs to... well... a hallway. i think i get lost or disoriented every time i go through this hallway. its easy for me to get lost even when you only go right or left. i seem to guess wrong 2 for 2 now. anyway, my classroom is quite cozy. my fist impression of my teacher was way wrong. she is a cool lady who has really good intentions for her students. like i said, good intentions. half of the students want to learn, actively participate, and half kind of got up and left during class, went to "work", or were sleeping. but there is nothing wrong with that because the students didn't seem to mind at all. they were not distracted like i was it seemed. this is a rather untraditional way of learning the way i see it, however, it is normal for these students. the untraditional way of learning for the students is the way i learn. it is quite interesting. some of the students were really funny and really nice. they asked me where i was from, and i said the U of MN. One student responded with a "good. i dont like the ones from st. thomas." it thought that was funny. they asked why i chose to volunteer at their school, and one student said, "you shouldn't have choose here. we are a bad example cuz we're all lazy." i said, "well you're not lazy. you're sitting here writing a paper." he smiled and said, "yeah i guess so." I had fun, even though i sat there most of the time. i had an interesting conversation with a girl who was memorizing a poem for a competition she is going to be in on monday, march 10th. i thought that was cool.