REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK:
Borah Spoorenberg (Dutch):
"Dear Ana, I just wanted to say that the voluntary work at the Owairaka School was an amazing experience! I returned to my home country a couple weeks ago, and still think about the unforgettable time I had in New Zealand.
... The best thing was to see how open, honest and fun children are. Since I had little experience in teaching children, this was definitely an eye-opener. I also loved the Garden-to-Table project, which is a project where children learn to cook with the vegetables and herbs they have in their community garden. It was fantastic to give them cooking lessons!
Can you describe a typical day?
I left my hostel at 8 am and took the bus to school, which was a 30 minute drive. I usually was at school around 8:45 am and went to the class. On Monday, Tuesday and Friday I had to help children in rooms 4 and 24. Around 10:50 am you had a Morning Tea break, and at 12:50 pm you had Lunch break. On Wednesday and Thursday I had to help in the kitchen, and helped them with cooking a dish, such as pizza or Irish bread. The school ended at 3:00 pm.
Thanks again for this experience and for your help ..."
Andrea Mangione (American):
"I absolutely loved my placement at Owairaka, so much that I am going to stay next term as an employee! As a trained teacher in America I was interested to see how other county's education systems are run and I was immediately taken in and accepted as part of the Owairaka family. I got to spend time in 6 different classrooms a week working with children of different ages and abilities.
I learned more about education and myself than I could have expected and I have Travellers to thank for that. I would have never done something like this and got the wonderful experience I did without this program. I made long lasting relationships with some staff members and the children really touched my life.
I can't wait to get back to my classroom in America and use some of the techniques I learned in New Zealand!"
Jennifer Rigby (British):
"I absolutely loved my placement in New Zealand! The country itself is beautiful, and the people are so welcoming. Whilst there, I helped at a primary school in a low income area of Auckland. It was amazing! The school was brilliant, the teaching staff were all so friendly and seemed genuinely grateful for the volunteers.
A standard day involved getting to school at about 8.45 am in time for morning classes. I was placed mostly with the youngest children, so my day involved supervising them, helping with reading and writing, and assisting with general activities. I switched between 3 different classes throughout the week, and I loved them all. Along with that, I helped with an athletics day, and some P.E. classes, and 4 times a week I was involved with a programme called 'Garden to Table', where we taught the (older) children how to cook healthy meals. The school even gave us Friday afternoons off, in case we wanted to travel over the weekends, which we sometimes did.
I did this project because I wanted to do something different, something not everyone has the chance to experience. I loved every minute that I was there; spending everyday with the kids, who were fantastic, so happy and enthusiastic, and spending free time with other volunteers, meeting new people from all over the world.
The experience had made me more confident, and taught me so much about other cultures. I would recommend it to anyone."
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