Service Learning is part of the microcampus experience in which students go in groups of 4 to make connections with an elder in the village. During this time, we expand our understanding on the people, history and flow of the village. After groups find a service learning partner, we start making strong connections with them and start to get to know them better. Later we interview them and ask them questions about growing up in China.
Our service learning partner is Ma Hua Lin. He is 81 years old and is a retired teacher.
My group's main service learning page is located here.
As a result of this experience I learnt that my service learning partner, although not quite as knowledgable in terms of Chinese history as we had desired, he was still a middle class man and thought that Chairman Mao was for the better of the country. I've also learnt that many things have changed since back in the day.
As a result of doing service learning, I have found out quite a lot on the history of China. For instance, I learnt about the 100 flower campaign and what it did for to the people. I also found out more about Chairman Mao and his affects on China.
Now in the 20th century, I feel as though so much has changed and so much of china has been inpacted by the past. You see this from the small little things such as, some Chinese never ending praise for Mao Zhe Dong. This is due to the fact that they are still scared of Chairman Mao, and they still fear the power he used to have.
On the day of our service learning presentations, we were not able to reach our partner due to the fact that he was out of town. Either ways, I really hope that in the future we will be able to give him a copy of our finished product and hopefully enjoy watching it.
Some reccomendations I would give to future Microcampus groups about service learning is to make connections and find a partner earlier in the process so that in the future, you do not have to rush to get things done. Also keep making connections and be understanding. Try to talk to them and actually make a strong bond. Other than that just have a great time and enjoy the ride!