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Teaching and Playing | Campus Ministry Service in Taiwan

Posted by Maria Solomond on Mon, Jul 08, 2013 @ 09:48 AM

While visiting the people living in villages in the mountains of Taiwan, the Saint Vincent students, accompanied by students from Cardinal Tien Nursing College and translators from Fu Jen University, split into groups to perform different services.  One group was sent to teach and play with the children there.  Kate Steinel, Lauren Harbaugh, April Smith, and Zack Zuck manage to keep the children's attentionZack Zuck was a member of this group and shared his thoughts regarding the experience:

"I was on this trip last year, so I knew what to expect for the most part when we arrived at the village in Wu-jie.  However, the kids I worked with were not as I had remembered them.  They were fifth and sixth grade boys that would not sit still for five seconds and girls that sat quietly (for the most part).  Erica, the program leader, nearly broke down when she realized that she had zero control over these kids, and eventually we threw away the lesson plan and just simply played with the wild things!  Despite the difficulties, I enjoyed the kids just as much as last year.  At the end, I am pretty sure I learned more from the village kids than they from me."

Lauren Harbaugh working with the children

Topics: Campus Ministry, Taiwan, Kate Steinel, Lauren Harbaugh, April Smith, Zachary Zuck

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