First of all, I’m very sorry that my reflection is beyond late since I wasn’t able to access eleap due to password predicaments. Sooooo now.. My initial expectations were that we were going to have to get ourselves sullied since I was expecting not just teaching but other things that involved planting and helping the environment but when we got there, we were just asked to teach the kids using our printed aids and help them with whatever lessons they lack information with. We were also asked to feed the kids and that was very far from what I expected. Skills that I used in the exposure would probably people skills and patience since we had to deal with kids and that was not a very easy job to do. The person that made the most impact on me would have to be Buboy. He made such an impact because of his curiosity on most things that I thought were just random like when he asked me about God and why Jesus was on the cross and how prayers work. It struck and moved me in a sense that he was so interested because all this time, he wanted someone he could be thankful to for all the blessings he has been receiving. Then I was told that his mom never told him about God, and that his father was sick so he wanted to ask help from someone, which was God. Yes, the experience affected my worldview, it did in a way that I am now more thankful for the blessings that are given to me and my family. We practically don’t have to work much for the things we want and need, but them, they have to wait before something they want would be given to them because of their financial instability. The things me and my group mates did that seemed to be effective in the community would be that we thought of a lot things differently. I never thought that in that deep part of Antipolo would be people that would leave such impact on me. I can educate/raise awareness about this national concern by telling others about this exposure and maybe they would want to engage in such activity as well. The most difficult part was leaving Sitio Galilee and all the kids we met :-( The most satisfying part was somehow sharing some of our knowledge on things that they never knew and that needed clarification with. My values were expressed in a way that I didn’t complain and that at one point I didn’t think of it as a school-related activity and that I was being graded. If I could do the project again, I would include everyone in the area and not just the kids that were able to register/pay for the program since I met a lot of kids that were there but actually was not registered with our activity. Here are some pictures of the kids I met during the trip!
and my favorite, Buboy!!! :-)