Ukraine

 

One of my CAS activities for Service was being a volunteer at the semi-colonies in Zohva (Ukraine). Even though, they lasted for only two weeks, they influenced me in a very significant way. Not only because of experiences I had there, but mostly because of the people I met.

From the very beginning, I was extremely enthusiastic for spending two weeks of my summer holidays on helping people in need. My aim was to take care of Ukrainian children and teach them basics of Polish and English. Because of the fact, that I like children very much, I really enjoyed working with them. During long hours spent on repeating correct pronunciation of the word “three”, I realised how patience and positive attitude can perform miracles. It was incredible to observe the progress my students were making step by step every day.

However, it is essential to say, that beyond teaching, there was something much more important. We were singing songs, dancing and simply having fun together. I understood that everyone is somehow different, but this difference really makes people precious. Most of the children, didn’t have any problems with communication, nor ‘public performances’. If they could, they would just sit on my knees, hold my hand or comb my hair without even knowing me. However some of them were shy and a little bit afraid at first. They needed time to give me the first hug or simply to talk to me. I’ll never forget one boy who did everything just to feel that I do care about him. Because the most important outcome of each was that we were getting closer and closer to each other. And I’m not talking only about the friendships with children but also with other volunteers and Sisters who live there.

It is impossible to describe how amazingly I felt staying up late just to sing together, talk to each other and watch the sky lying on the springboard. I wish you all to feel something like this one day. Because this trip wasn’t about Zohva itself, but about the people who were there with me. And that’s why, my Ukrainian story wasn’t over after two weeks and it still isn’t over. It’s just on the stand-by, waiting for another sunny day to come.

Aleksandra Ślubowska 2 IB

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Global Outreach and Project abroad

Throughout the school year and summer holidays our IB department takes part in a variety of different exchange programs. The organisations that we work with are Global Outreach program and Project Abroad.

Since 2012 our school has been invited to participate in Global outreach program , which allows students from our school and all over eastern Europe to undertake the opportunity of experiencing the life of a typical American teenager for a whole school year. All of our girls that partake in this program thourly enjoy their stay and say it’s an experience like no other. In the school year 2014/2015 Adrianna Packiewicz, which currently attends 1st IB and Dominika Wismiewska a student from 2IB)where chosen to represent our school in America. Here’s what Ada said about her stay

“The day I arrived in Chicago wasn’t, the best one in my life, every single one of the selected students was just exhausted… The day became the most crazy, overwhelming, and for sure the longest day in my life. After all formal meetings, and the short orientation, the time to meet the host family finally came. That was probably one of the most scary moments in that whole year, but as always, it turned out that there was nothing to be afraid of. I got the best family I could possibly ask for. What made my stay so awesome, were people. So kind, so open, so welcoming. Every single person I met in the U.S. taught me a lesson. My family and my friends, each one of them opened my eyes to something new that I couldn’t see before. I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to take part in this program” –Adrianna Packiewicz

 

As mentioned before we also work with Project abroad which is an organisation that allows people age 16-19 or 16-75 to become volunteers in less economically developed countries. There is a variety of voluntary wok that is evaluable from helping children to gaining medical experience .In the summer of 2015 Wiktoria Kulczynska (klasa) and Halinka Rzewuska, which attends 1stIB decided to undergo the medical and Spanish voluntary course. Here’s what she had to say

“I went for the medicine& Spanish programme to Argentina. During my 4 week stay there i was able to visit different hospitals and learn new things. It was awesome to work with doctors who help patients with various problems. I have seen surgeries, dog castration, dead woman’s body in museum of anatomy and people with different injuries. In the evening or at the activities such as bowling, horseback riding or travelled to other nearby cities. It was also great fun to eat traditional Argentinian food, meet new people and get to know local customs and culture. I enjoyed every second of my stay there. It was adventure of my life!”-Halinka Rzewuska  

                                                          

FAVOURITE ACTIVITY

Henna or Mehndi art is a very common way of beautification for many eastern women but now it is a growing way of art in Europe and America.where-to-get-a-henna-tattoo1

As Pakistani henna has been a very important part of culture in my life. I had grown great interest in henna designing from a very early childhood maybe when I couldn`t even draw perfectly. Doing henna needs a lot of practice to make precise designs; it is a work of patience and also enjoyment. It is a talent gifted to some.

IB has given me the opportunity to actually do something creative that l have passion for. Doing CAS provided me with opportunities to demonstrate my special talent gifted to me by Almighty. Henna art has a very special place in my heart; something that has always given me happiness and satisfaction doing it also having on myself has become a big part of my personality. I usually have henna done for myself too.

I have done henna both as creativity and service. For creativity I have done many henna designs on people around me especially family, friends and school mates. AS in for service I had participated in a charity function as represented of Pakistani culture; the money I earned by doing henna were donated. Also on religious Islamic festivals I have volunteered g henna at Eid (Muslim celebration) get-togethers and functions in mosque. In addition to these services mentioned, I volunteered at school carnival too to do henna; it was great experience and a tiring one too, ding almost henna for whole school and many teachers. The next day after the carnival I could see at school each girl having at least one hand done with henna. It was a great and satisfying or me.

Overall, doing henna as my CAS has given me opportunity to practice especially patience. It has also acted as a medium of interacting and understanding different with different backgrounds. I think henna although just a hobby have made me feel very satisfied and happy and I know this is the best activity I could ever do for my CAS.

 

Tehreem Bhutta