Thanks for the ICare organization provided me this enriching experience. Even just two months, it is my pleasure to witness the growth of students. In my class, we have all girls, they are all passionate to learn and tried their best to have their camera on. I work with another teacher getting her bachelor degree in Germany. I was told that I am the first teacher from New York. It is an exciting journey to see students from shy to willing to raise their hands and participate, to handle dialogue, to express their thoughts, provide suggestions and ask questions through patients and encouragement. What a growth! I am so proud of them!
My first encounter with ICARE was during the summer vacation of 2020. My friends and I volunteered at an elementary school in Guizhou during which ICARE gave us a lot of help. In addition to donating supplies, the most important thing was that many Chinese and international students living abroad connected with our children using Wechat. The online English teaching and communication on the theme of "A Window of the World" made the children very happy and opened their horizons. I was very moved and grateful for that experience. Afterwards, ICARE did not stop helping the children in the mountainous areas of Guizhou. They have been working hard. I am also very fortunate to be able to join this big family and volunteer as an assistant teacher to teach English. I hope that more children can grow up happily with the help of ICARE!
This worldwide pandemic initiated my enthusiasm to do some contribution for my compatriots. Fortunately, I built up connections with the founder of ICARE and offered my English knowledge to Chinese students. Foreign languages are essential methods to obtain diverse information and it would broaden people’s horizons. After teaching English in ICARE for two semesters, I’m willing to keep serving for the vulnerable students who have strong motivation in English studies. Are you interested in communicating with different people from different corners of the world as a student or teacher? I highly recommend ICARE. Join us without hesitation.
I still remember the first day when I went to the UK lab and my PhD mentor gave me a protocol to make a buffer, which was full of chemical terms in English rather than chemical symbols like sodium chloride instead of NaCl that Chinese students have been familiar with. I was so embarrassed that I had to google it. Learning English in the native language environment enables me to do better in my own professional area, understand the culture and make friends from all over the world. I have always great interest and used to be actively involved in public engagement: introducing science to a wider community and especially kids in plain English. This experience always makes me so excited about how to impact people, especially children from under-privileged education background. This year in Belgium I happened to know the iCare project, which is also about sharing English knowledge with kids from Guizhou Province in China where English educational resource is not so abundant. I have volunteered in one session of the English teaching, which I really enjoyed it. Teaching is not only about the knowledge transfer, but also learning the life and story from the other side of the world. Thanks to the iCare Guizhou organizers to put so much effort in bringing us together. Everything no matter how small we do to bridge the education gap in China would eventually benefit the future of children from under-developed areas, like you or me we used to be.
Since I came to Belgium, I found most Chinese students they do not want to talk with English teachers or foreign students. They are not confident to their speaking English. I was motivated by this situation therefore I joined the ICare project to assist English teacher to teach English as a volunteer. I was happy to see a lot of students from poor countryside have amount of desired to learn and speak English. Their motivation moved me and this forced me to do my best to help them. I look forward more and more students could join in this big family and we are always willing to offer our help them.
自从我来到比利时以来，我发现大多数中国学生都不想与英语老师或外国学生交谈。 他们对说英语并不自信。 我受到这种情况的激励，因此我加入了ICare项目，以协助英语老师作为志愿者来教英语。 我很高兴看到很多来自贫困农村的学生渴望学习和说英语。 他们的动力使我感动，这迫使我尽力帮助他们。 我期待越来越多的学生可以加入这个大家庭，我们始终愿意为他们提供帮助。
Language is always a very important tool for expressing yourself and making friends. Learning English is a process of building up self-confidence and broadening the horizon. As a Chinese student studying abroad, it is my great pleasure to join ICARE, to share my experience and skills with kids from Guizhou. Their motivation and curiosity always bring great fun to the one-hour class. I enjoy volunteering with ICARE and look forward to participating more ICARE activities. It is a very refreshing experience for me
I come from Hunan Province, China and I am currently a doctoral student in KU Leuven majoring in Biomedical Sciences. Several years ago, I hoped that I could have time to teach in remote mountainous areas for one or two years in the future, so joining ICARE Guizhou team is exactly a great opportunity for me. Online teaching is a very good way, which is convenient and efficient, and can make the most of our spare time anytime and anywhere. I am so happy and honored to join this volunteer team!
我来自中国湖南省，现在是KU Leuven生物医学科学专业的一名博士生。几年前，我就希望以后能抽时间去偏远山区支教一年到两年时间，所以加入ICARE Guizhou团队对于我来说正好是一个非常棒的机会。网络授课是一个很好的方式，既便捷、高效，又能随时随地充分利用我们的空余时间。我很高兴和荣幸加入这个志愿者团队！
Hey, my name is Jiying. I am 34 years old and come from shanghai. Since 2008, I have been studying mechanical engineering in Germany and after graduation in 2012 from RWTH Aachen I started to work in Ulm until now. This year 2020, I had a baby and may enjoy the parent time for one year. Thus, I would like to support some interesting project and found ICARE as a wonderful project. Both the students and I can benefit a lot from each other. I wish my English knowledge and my life experience can encourage the students to be more confident and find their own ways in their beautiful lives.
My name is Yesy and I volunteered to teach English at iCare. It was a really new experience for me, teaching Chinese children as a non-Chinese speaker. But an assistant teacher who speaks Chinese was there to help me communicate with the children. The children were very respectful towards the teacher and enthusiastic in learning.
For me, the experience developed my patience, empathy and leadership skills by taking the lead of the class. It was fun! It taught me to see that there are children on the other side of the world who have potentials, yet lacking resources. Volunteering here also makes me feel grateful for what I have and it feels good to share it with others.