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    Posted January 19, 2014 by
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    Energy City, Miyagi

    On August 5th,2013, I went to Miyagi, prefecture in Japan which was attacked by an earthquake on March 11th, 2011. I was part of a college volunteer project where university students work to teach English to children for one week.The elementary school where we volunteered, wanted to learn how to teach English positively to children. I joined this project, because I wanted to help the children in Miyagi.
    When I arrived at the school, the teachers taught us about the events of 3.11. They said lots of sad things and explained the situation at that time. After I finished listening to their speech, I was nervous because I did not know how to communicate with the children in next four days.
    The next day, I still felt nervous. However, when I met children, they were full of energy and always laughing. They were so cute and kind to me. We always thought how to make English easy to understand for the children.
    Over the next three days, we got used to teaching and communicating with them. I was so happy when some of the children tried to say some vocabulary words in English.
    On the last day, the children gave me so many letters and origami to me. I’ve never had a happy experience like that and will keep it forever. When we left the school, the children made an arch with their arms. This is sometime used to greet a guest at a school entrance.
    After we got on the bus, the children didn’t stop saying “bye-bye” and “Come again!”
    I had a wonderful experience in this volunteer project. I enjoyed the children and received lots of energy from them. I lost my nervousness, I had finished the first day.
    I would like to take part in this project again next year and meet the children.
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