Back in November of 2018, our school’s 8th grade went on a service trip to ChiangMai, Thailand. It was a week full of fun activities that somehow related back to the topic of serving others before ourselves. Although the trip was months ago, a feeling of acknowledgement sparked my brain on the last day of school. On the last day of school, my homeroom teacher showed us all the memories we had back in ChiangMai. The biggest service project we did was building a house for a daycare center. At first, we all questioned how that would be possible as none of us had ever built a house out of mud from scratch. In the 40 degrees Celsius weather, our grade put a lot of effort to make mud, mold, wait, and then lastly dry the bricks. As a whole grade, we worked diligently to finish our task of finishing as many of the houses as possible. Even if it may have been the most tiring thing I have ever done in my whole life, the motivation for me was watching the daycare children cheer for us building their future houses. The reason I thought of this sudden occasion while listening and looking at the presentation about our year, was because our teacher pulled up a picture of the finished product 7 months after our visit. Other schools and villagers came to finish the construction. The house was finished, painted, and now, there was furniture for the children. Due to the privacy of the daycare/adoption center, no pictures were asked to be shared of the final product.
|[My friend and I taking the mold off the dried mud. Photo Credit: Brian Coogan]
Prior to this service trip, service was nothing but “doing a deed to make someone else happy” for me. That may be a correct answer, but after participating in such a big project, it made me realize how lucky I was to have a healthy family with a shelter and people I can call family. The trip also taught me how I could be happy through the happiness of others. Most of the villagers and workers at the construction site didn’t have much, but were offering to give us everything we needed even if it was them losing necessities for themselves. In ChiangMai I experienced many new things. Before going to ChiangMai, I was worried and annoyed by how we were going to have to work for so long in such hot weather. But, now I wish I could go back in time and take myself back to ChiangMai.
|[Some of the bricks we made. Our names are engraved onto some to leave a mark that we were there.
Photo Credit: Clare Sohn ]
The school I attend, Seoul Foreign School, is highly interested in service and does anything to help others in need. Only this year, I participated in many service projects and it was definitely worth my time. Next year, I am attending high school and one thing I am looking forward to is “Discovery Week”. It is a week where the whole school goes to various different countries to do service. It is service in a way that we do strenuous activities to help others have better lives. For the future, I wish to participate more in service opportunities to provide better living conditions for those in need.
Seoul Foreign School
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