Monday, June 24, 2013

A Joyous Moment

This weekend, I helped facilitate an ASEAN English camp for teachers. We played games, learned ASEAN facts, performed some skits, and just had some fun. It was a Saturday (the third Saturday in a row, for those who participated each day), so we kept it light-hearted. I was able to talk with some the teachers during breaks about Peace Corps, its goals and my role as a volunteer, what I knew about the process of becoming a "Peace Corps school," and the like.

After speaking with one teacher in particular and sharing contact information with her about how her school can apply, she shared with me perhaps the best, and easily most motivating, thing I've heard since being a PCV:

"When I was learning English, my school had a volunteer. Her name was Diane. I loved her so much. I will always remember her."

As this teacher shared her story, I could see the love she has for Diane just radiating from her. I was in struck with such awe. It was a very beautiful moment and it left me without words. All I could muster was, "Thank you for sharing this with me. You are a perfect example of why I have chosen this path."

If I can possibly have that effect on even one child here, my time will absolutely be a success. In my previous blog post, I wrote about a good day that I had. It was a positive day because it proved that all the small things are, in actuality, the biggest things of all. This one quick moment filled me with happiness, relief, motivation, and pride, enough to carry me forward for quite some time.

The teacher who shared this story is to my left.
I am thankful for each and everyone of these teachers for participating.

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