Serving to Learn and Learning to Serve in American Samoa

 

Serving to Learn and Learning to Serve in American Samoa

Posted by WTTech in American Samoa 09 Jun 2015

WorldTeach American Samoa volunteer Bryan Williams is both a teacher and a National Honor Society adviser. 

 

“You can study government and politics in school, but the best way to really understand the process is to volunteer your time.” – Rob McKenna

Last week my National Honor Society (NHS) students went on their first community volunteer trip of the year. The group decided to go to Fitiuta Elementary school and help the clean their campus. We arrived just before noon and the principal said they did not need to work until 1 so they could just hang out in the computer lab and get on the internet. I said “no thank you, we are here to work.” So my students, while in long sleeve black shirts. raked and picked up grass clippings from the yard and spread it around their garden to be used as mulch.

 

They were not too thrilled with this and I think it might have been one of the rare times that they were really required to do work as part of a volunteer service. They said in the past they would grab a little trash and then play games to make sure they got their full one hour in. I tried to explain to them that when you volunteer it is not for a segment of time but until who ever you are helping no longer needs help. I hope this is a point that I can get across to them by the end of the year.

 

Bryan Williams – American Samoa, 2014

 

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