Day 26: Service Learning Reflection

In the Service Learning sharing experience, we had a chance to invite local villagers of Xizhou to Yang Zhuo Ran to watch our final Service Learning video products. After hosting them with tea and snacks, the presentations went on in a comfortable atmosphere. Although Ms. Yang could not come to the sharing event because she is at Xia Guan, we are still really glad to have the chance to share our learning results with the other students, teachers, and villagers. The unique aspect of this presentation is that we can not watch our own videos with the audiences. We need to sit on a bench at the front of the room and watch the reactions of our audiences when they watch our video, which was certainly a very interesting experience. 


When our video first played, many local villagers recognized our Service Learning partner. It was really nice to know that they know her already, and this video may let them know her better from another aspect. It was also a completely new experience to watch the audiences' expressions change with the emotions of the video. When Ms. Yang talked about the happy times of her life or her hobbies, I could see the smile on everyone's face. The local villagers who knew laughed and chatted as Ms. Yang talked about her life stories which they may not have heard about before. When Ms. Yang talked about the more depressing times in her life, the audience's expressions became more serious and focused. I could clearly tell that the audiences were drawn in by Ms. Yang's interesting story and paid full attention to the video. It was a relief to hear the applause of the audience and see their fascinated expressions. I felt like my efforts were appreciated. 

My name is Stella R. I am an 8th grader at Shanghai American School Pudong campus who already returned from Xizhou as a member of the Revival group. The 27 days Microcampus adventure was truly one of the most fascinating experiences I have ever had. I will not forget about the beautiful environment with the clean air, green lands, and blue sky, the welcoming village full of cultural and historical values, and the challenging opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and challenge myself in many aspects. This may be the end of the 4 weeks long journey, but it is the start of something brand new.