Day 26: Service Learning Reflection

XizhouI was very nervous for the service learning presentation. I didn't know what Mr. Zhang was going to think about it but I really hoped that he would enjoy it. Mr. Zhang knew that we took a video of him but I didn't know if he would like the idea of us editing what he says in the video. After finally presenting the video about Mr. Zhang, my group and I went up to him and asked us whether he liked it or not. I was so relieved that he actually enjoyed it since he was a teacher and he might have some high standards.

As we were presenting our video, I could see everyone in the audience. There were the service learning partners, the SAS students, and many other people. I could tell that they were all paying a lot of attention to the video and that made me very nervous. I thought that what if we had mistakes, people would laugh, but as the video was ending, everybody started to clap and I was very happy and relieved about that. Also as the the service learning presentation was over, I realized that some of our service learning partners were very close friends with each other and that made me happy that they could all interact with each other and be happy.

Service Learning was a great way for us to interact with locals and get to know them better. Even if this service learning project took so long since we wrote down questions, interviewed, edited, and turned into a final video, it was all worth it since it could get us a little closer to the community and made us learn a little more history from the people who actually experienced it.

Hi! My name is Claire and I was born in Connecticut and lived there for about 7 years. Afterwards I moved to Shanghai and lived there until now. Xizhou was a very nice place to explore and a great place to learn about culture. I hope that in the future that I can come back and visit this beautiful village!