The Philippines is home to a staggering number of children who live on the streets. Faced with a multitude of every day challenges, many stop schooling. Some have taken on the task of encouraging the children to dream big for themselves and their families. These are the life and times of a volunteer tutor in the Philippines.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Ballpens to Balloons?
Ballpens to Balloons? Sometimes we think we need ballpens when all we need are balloons! A volunteer texted me right before the session what she needs to bring. In my mind I texted "ballpens". When the volunteer arrived, she had balloons! My my what was I thinking?
So, after the session, we started giving away the balloons. The children had giant smiles on their faces.
God knew better. He knew ballpens wouldn't make them smile like this!
The children do need your support. We want them to be the best they can be. Their street life environment is not conducive for them to study at home. Many drop out but with your help, we can help them to love learning.
Come this Saturday?
You don't have to be a whiz at Math and English, we just need you to listen to the children and to help them read books (provided) and maybe understand their lessons (if you need assistance, other tutors may be asked). Don't be apprehensive about forgetting the basics from gradeschool, we've forgotten too. It's a team and we help each other remember. What's most important is that these children make a friend who encourages them to go on.
Just 2 hours to encourage them that learning can be enjoyable (or that it is possible to understand) is more than enough. Seeing people who care is enough.
Please join us on:
July 5, 2014 (Saturday)
1 to 3 pm
3rd floor, Brgy. Bungad
*near Baler St. and West Ave. QC
1-1:30 pm is for First timers orientation, asking questions
and setting up the venue (arranging chairs, putting books and materials
on the tables etc)
1:30 to 2-3 tutoring proper
*when the volunteers come earlier,we can start tutoring earlier
*PLEASE ask for directions before Saturday because sometimes, we are
already doing the orientation and some volunteers are lost because we
are already busy and were not able to answer the calls.
THINGS TO BRING:
- bring water, you might get thirsty!
- no need to bring anything else, just some enthusiasm!!!
If you cannot be there but want to help, we need:
+ offer to photocopy exercise sheets
+ lesson plans / activity sheets (grades 1 to 6)
This Saturday is coming and we pray that:
1. We will have a good attendance of both volunteers and children.
2. That that children will be able to learn and excel in school.
3. That the tutors will enjoy their session with the children and take home wonderful memories.
Here are the latest schedules for future sessions.
(1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month)
July 5 and 19 August 2 and 16 September 6 and 20 October 4 and 18 November 15 (possibly another on 29) December 6 (christmas party)
NEXT Saturday (July 5):
We are calling for more volunteers! Everyone is invited.
You don't have to be a tutor. You just need to have a
heart of compassion for these young ones.
What will we teach? Primarily English and Math. If you
are able to teach other subjects that is great but we don't
require professional tutors. What we need are people
who are encouraging and positive for the children to
How? Come and the children will ask you about their
homework or you can tell them a story or do some simple
arithmetic with them.
Please consider coming. When we lack tutors, we cannot give
the attention they badly need since we have to tutor 2 or 3 or
4 students at a time. We aim to have one child to one tutor.
If you have more questions please feel free to reply to me.
Please confirm if you are coming so we can assign you a child
to Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S. If you cannot come this Saturday, please come next time!
*Please feel free to pass this e-mail invite to anyone who may be interested to join us!