Wonderful Experience of Volunteering in Malawi, Africa.
By Yingfei Gao (College for International Co-operation and
"Cool, Was it very beautiful?
Have you seen many elephants?" Many people ask me these
questions as soon as they know that I have been to Africa. I
would rather tell people what I've been doing and my thoughts
I was working in two different schools in the Child Aid Project.
In the morning, I taught pre-school kids, who were around 5
years old. I taught them English songs, games, numbers and the
alphabet, etc. In the afternoon, I taught Club children, who
came from the local primary school. I taught them general knowledge,
and we played drama and sports together. You can't imagine how
good they are at performing.
Gao taught in Malawi.
The teaching there was very basic. You've got to make your teaching
materials yourself. You've got to survive with no materials at all.
I had never done teaching before but I found the most important
thing is how much you care about them and how much you put into
it. From there, I have learnt to make things around me more valuable.
For me, It was wonderful to have this
chance to exchange knowledge and ideas with the Malawians. I learnt
a lot from what I've seen and the people I was working with.
I dreamt about the kids many times since I came back. Some times,
I laugh in my dream because I can see their carefree faces. Some
times, I feel the stream flowing over my feet. I can never forget
the kids wearing adult clothes, walking around in bare feet, and
writing in the sand.
I never thought that Malawi would touch my heart so much. At the
beginning, I was a bit frustrated as I couldn't do as much as I
wanted. After 6 months, however, I did not feel bad about it anymore.
I thought I am just one person, and I am trying my best to make
a little change. If everyone cares about a few pairs of little cold
feet, I am sure in the future we will be able to see many happy,
cosy feet in Africa!
It might sound far away but if you never get it started, how can
you say it is only a dream in the sky? Believe me, you can make
a difference in a few people's lives if you do it with your willing
here to view images from Yingfei's photo album of her time in Malawi
The College for International Co-operation and Development is a
school, located near Hull in England, that trains Development Instructors
(6 month course) for 6 months work in Africa. Its main work is done
in Mozambique, Angola, Malawi and Namibia.
Click here for a comprehensive article on CIDC England
For more details click here to visit their website.
or contact them on:
Phone: (0) 1964 631 884 or (0) 7762 967 387
Part of the CIDC
campus, near Hull, England where Development Instructors are prepared
for 6 month programs in Africa.