The interview was conducted on 16 June 2016 at the Centre for Nation Building and Languages with Georgina Marie Antonette Rajoo from Bachelor of Social Science in Psychology Year 1. She shared her experience as a Sunday school teacher for two years.
- How did you get to know about the voluntary work?
I am a Roman Catholic, so, my younger siblings and I were very much involved in the church activity at a tender age, especially in the youth ministry. I would say that there was a great platform for me to begin my service at our community.
- What inspired you to contribute to this voluntary work?
Initially, I was not interested in teaching kids, however I have three younger siblings. Hence, I was fond of younger kids in a sense where I felt like I have a lot to share with them and maybe it’s a gift that enable me to communicate well with kids.
- What is your role in the activities?
I have been a Sunday school teacher for 2 years now and I have been enjoying every bit of it. I began as an assistant to a teacher who conducted the church’s class for 5 years old kids. As the weeks passed, that teacher grew fonder and was more comfortable with me, entrusting me with more responsibilities.
- What skills and experiences are needed for this voluntary work?
The biggest thing is to be very patient. Each and every kid is different and every one of them brings something new to you. And for me, someone at my age, patience is definitely something which I need to learn.
- What kind of changes do you hope to bring to this organization or community?
I was never intrigued by kids in my younger years, moreover teaching kids, what a change I have made. Today, I am so thankful that God had given me the opportunity to be an instrument for him. I truly believe that kids have taught me just as much, if not more. Their pure honesty and innocent smiles tell me that they look to me as a role model. I try my level best to set a good example for them and to guide them.
- What are the best and the most challenging experiences about this voluntary work?
For me, the best part of that journey was the opportunity to sit down and talk to the families about their hardships and how we can help them, in ways besides providing financial support. The kids that lived there were so excited to see us, they were smiling from ear to ear, mirroring us. That were sweet memories for me.