Day 26: Service Learning Reflection

During the afternoon of December 13th, 2 days before we leave for Shanghai, Mr. Tafel help an event where we shared our service learning video with our service learning partner and other citizens of Xizhou. People who came include Mr. Wang (our service learning partner), Ms. Zhou (the other service learning group's partner), Ms. Zhao (Owner of Old Town Snacks), Ms. Chen (Ms. Zhao's mother in law), and some Linden Centre staff. All in all, today was really successful. We were very glad to see a smile on Mr. Wang's face while he watched the video that we took 4 days of hard work to compose. Even though he did not express many emotions with his face, he thanked us again and again after the festive event had ended. While we were walking Mr. Wang back to his shop, we took a detour and he showed us around his house. This was very surprising to us because we had never been to his house before. From this, we can tell that we have really made a deep connection with Mr. Wang, so deep that he is willing to open up something so private to us. We are all very grateful for him.

Hi everyone, my name is Chris L., 13 years old, and I was part of the 21st Microcampus group: Ultimate. I am back in Shanghai now, and I am getting used to my old schedule. Microcampus has truly been a phenomenal trip. I will always remember all the experiences that I had at Microcampus, the good times and the bad. Through overcoming these tough times, I have learned many life lessons that will definitely help me in the future. Furthermore, I would like to take the time here to thank the Microcampus coordinators, Mr. Tafel and MS. Mai, for making this trip possible. I could not have survived in Xizhou without their help. Over the course of that month, I have grown so much in so many different ways, and I have adopted good habits that will stay with me forever.