Janelle was involved as a volunteer since August 2016. Now, 9 months later she is leaving the team to start teaching Art in Mongolia. This is how she looks back on these 9 months.
I am filled with fond memories on an incredible volunteer experience. I took the step in my life to stop my 9-5 job and work with these children. I feel a lot of love and respect for them because they use their spare time to learn English. It fills me with joy. It has been amazing to be part of this grassroot NGO from its start.
The impact of the approach on the community reflects in the class; whether they come into the classroom excited or anxious, we as teachers are the role model by being calm, loving and caring. Because of this, the class begins to mirror and becomes calm as well. This is the biggest short-term change showing the impact.
Volunteering with EduMais means to be part of a special team and incredibly important project. With an NGO so young one needs to be open and ready to join a ride with both ups and downs. Downs; you prepared a full lesson and nobody showed up because there is shooting in the community which means you cannot give the class. Ups when it is going well, things are going smoothly and everyone is showing up for class. Now as I move on to my next adventure, I will miss the kids the most. Their love, openness, excitement and eagerness to learn new things will always be special to me. Being with the students has been incredible since we have been able to learn so much from one another. I will miss that.