The Overseas Service Learning has made a huge impact on me because it taught me lots of valuable lessons and skills. In this 5 days, I’ve gotten to interact with the children living in Cambodia and also having fun teaching them in their classrooms.
During the time we were in Cambodia, I’ve seen a lot of places which were mostly dirty and messy. The houses they were living in are not like ours in Singapore. Their houses were made of wood. Unlike ours, their houses were poorly established and has little holes on the roof, it was really sad.
In school, the children were all wearing torn shirts and pants, dirty as ever. However, they didn’t mind at all. When we arrived, they were all on cloud nine. They had cheerful smiles on their faces. Furthermore, even though they are all not familiar with us but they were enthusiastic as ever , they were all ready and prepared for lessons.
Unlike us, students in Singapore, we tend to take things for granted. We do not tend to cherish what we already have. However the students in Cambodia, doesn’t have what we have, they have limited facilities in school, they do not have textbooks, they had poor built shelters.
Thus, from that day onward, I thought to myself, had to change. Anything that I own, I shall cherish them and not be selfish anymore.
I went on an overseas service learning trip to Cambodia. Going to overseas service learning really brought some sides out of me that I have never realized about. Like how I could actually communicate with children that does not speak the common language. Despite having language barrier, we managed to somehow communicate. We taught them songs, simple art & craft, science and mathematics. We had to do soft-labour and hard-labour work, the hard-labour work would be the fixing of the school for them. They just went on every single day looking forward to school and having fun in learning. They taught me that, “being simple does not matter; being contented about being simple is what matters.”
Throughout the 5 days 4 night trip, I learned that, the children in Cambodia were contented about what was given to them (e.g sweets), they appreciated it. During the last day, we’re paired up with orphans in Cambodia, we worked together and throughout the process, they seemed really pleased with what they’re doing, they had no complains about anything they were told to do. Nowadays, when teenagers work, they complain about the bad day they had at work. What brought the best out of me is that my concepts have changed after going to overseas service learning.
We’re really a bunch of lucky people; having parents, living in a safe environment, having educations, having things we wanted, living life the way we wanted. We are ought to be contented with what we have, instead of wanting more. The children in Cambodia are in bad state of conditions but they never express it out how they are sick of things happening in their lives.
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