My day in Russia as a volunteer
Children in Europe VS. children in Russia
Lessons I learned from volunteering in Petrozavodsk
While being a volunteer I learned to interact with different age groups and to adapt my activities and lessons to their skills and needs. It has been very challenging and interesting to prepare something useful from start to finish and to try to involve everyone in it. I also discovered some skills I didn’t know I have, like making people sing and dance, which I always thought I would be awful at. And, of course, I learned a lot of new words and new things about Russia, rap music, business ideas, travels, traditions and much more!
Any funny stories?
I had fun every day watching the kids doing their weird things, like bringing in the class boxes with interesting insects inside, singing awful rap songs they didn’t know the meaning of, playing the guitar in the street to make money… and of course the love stories, which sometimes lasted just one day. For example, a ten-year-old boy asked me who he should ask out, and I told him “well, choose a girl you like”. He answered: “But I like them all”.
Arsenij was my favorite kid!
My favorite kid was Arsenij, from our last camp in August, because he was very smart and active (hyperactive, I would say), participated in all the activities, and came up with twenty ideas per second. True, sometimes we got exhausted from his non-stop talking, but he would always make up a funny story or a song and make us laugh.
What did I like about Petrozavodsk?