RosNOU student EVGENIYA KUDINOVA was impressed upon her arrival to China, not only because she was the only one international student who attended a volunteer project, but also because she has learnt a lot from this experience.
Face the disappointment
She arrived in Wangcunkou Zhongxin Primary school, located in Li Shui, after travelling by bus on a very bumpy road for 5 hours. Although she was exhausted from that long travel,she had to start a meeting immediately. Meanwhile, it disappointed her that her students had trouble in understanding her Chinese, while adults could talk with her fluently. To be honest, she was a little upset. But as a volunteer teacher, she was also excited to meet this challenge.
Accomplish teaching tasks
Even if her major is not Pedagogy, her individual teaching method was acceptable and popular among pupils. Before class, she communicated with colleagues or asked help from our teachers in ZISU, so that she could be a helpful teacher for kids. In class, she spoke Chinese slowly and clearly, with body languages, to make sure that students could understand and have interest in her lessons. As a girl from Russia, she taught them interesting things with traditional features, including festivals, painting, dancing and singing. In the end, her hardworking and efforts have been recognized, therefore, she was invited to students’ home and visited local tea garden and wine Chateau.
Wish the next time
After returning to campus, she bubbled excitedly about her volunteer experience in Li Shui. She loved this experience and described it as a priceless treasure, because she met so many cute, kind, serious and hard-working people. Also she hopes that there are more opportunities to be a volunteer teacher again.