Volunteer Profile: Seabury Hall College Preparatory School
Joy, 16 years old, is a student at Seabury Hall in Maui, Hawaii. She spent a week with Outreach360 in Jinotega, Nicaragua, helping to teach Spanish literacy to the students and to practice her own Spanish skills.
Seabury Hall offers a variety of educational and service focused trips during the Winter Interim; why did you choose to volunteer in Nicaragua with Outreach360?
Well, first of all, I wanted to do this trip since last year when the group first came, but I wasn’t able to then, which was really disappointing. So this year I was finally able to come with my school, and I was really excited for the opportunity! The main reason why I wanted to come was to teach Spanish literacy to the kids here, since Spanish is a language that I really want to learn and excel in, and also just to work with kids is a passion of mine and so the combination together was really perfect for me.
What would you say have been the most rewarding part of your experience?
Definitely knowing what I want to do in the future. It’s given me a direction of what I want to do, which is to work with kids, and be involved in a Latino culture in some way. Kids are a lot of fun with a lot of potential, and the Latino culture is simply beautiful!
What do you see to be the needs of this community that we are serving here in Nicaragua?
From the short time that I’ve been here I would say that education is a community need. Education is what we as Outreach360 are doing now, but there’s still room to grow and expand the opportunities available, as I think we will in the future as the program continues to grow with the students.
So what have you been doing this week with the students, specifically? What’s that you have in your hand?
This is a Valentine’s card that one of the students made and gave to me! Today we did a Valentine’s Day activity to practice writing and to make a card for a family member, classmate, or teacher. One of the students that I worked closely with this week made me a card!