Ciara has learned more than she expected volunteering online!

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Ciara will soon finish her more than 6 months volunteering at BBBB online. (And this summer we will be welcoming in-person volunteers to Malaysia for the first time in over two years!)

My name is Ciara and I am currently studying Social Sciences (BSc) at the University of Bath. Working for Just Volunteers has been such a great experience for me and it has taught me so much.

Not only have I learned a lot about the children I teach, I have also learned so much about myself and my own interests through lesson planning and finding new topics to teach the children. I have always loved learning new things and so being in a role where I am able to expand my own knowledge further through researching and teaching the children a range of topics has just been perfect for me.

Prior to joining the programme, I assumed that with our new normal of everything now being online it would naturally make interactions less friendly and familiar, but I can honestly say that my experience has been the opposite. Getting to know the children and building a rapport with them has been lovely, and their enthusiastic nature and dedication to learn makes my role as teacher so worthwhile.

Online teaching does come with its challenges since it can be difficult to keep a class engaged and entertained through a screen and since you are limited to what games and activities you can do in an online setting. However, this becomes easier with experience as you get to know what works and what the children enjoy. Also, the children’s motivation to learn and the fact they’re always putting 100% effort into everything they do makes online teaching far less challenging.

As a whole, my experience on the programme has been so rewarding and I am so grateful to be part of such a wonderful organisation!

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4th May 2022

Ciara has learned more than she expected volunteering online!

Ciara will soon finish her more than 6 months volunteering at BBBB online. (And this summer we will be welcoming in-person volunteers to Malaysia for the first time in over two years!) My name is Ciara and I am currently studying Social Sciences (BSc) at the University of Bath. Working for Just Volunteers has been […]

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16th January 2021

Madalena is finding online teaching much more interesting than she expected

Maddie talks about how she has been dealing with an internship done entirely online and working from home – when she would otherwise have expected to be in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia working with disadvantaged local children. The experience is challenging for everyone but the attitude of the kids has made it a […]

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13th January 2021

Volunteering in Malaysia - not in Malaysia!

Charlotte is one of three interns working with our Building Bridges project in Malaysia for this academic year, providing mentoring sessions and fun English classes online – BBBB Online – for children at Rumah Aman, a Muslim children’s home in Kuala Lumpur. They work with small groups of children two or three times a week. […]

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3rd July 2020

Latest update from the Refugee School in Kuala Lumpur

On Wednesday 1st July the kindergarten and nursery classes began again at the school with a total of 15 children turning up. Some of the children did not come due to fear among the families, however we are pleased that no one in the community has caught the virus. Most families still do not have […]

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25th June 2020

Update on Developments at the Refugee School in KL

Again, we would like to thank all those who have helped this community in their hour of particular need ! The community seem to be keeping in good spirits although the school management estimate that fewer than 15% of them have got their jobs back. Very understandably, the first jobs to open up are going […]

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