Christine Eyers

Sunday 13, January 2013

I definitely feel my 3 months here have not been in vain and part of my passion for volunteering was always about being able to give back even a little. I feel that I have; especially my time and hopefully my experience as well. I feel working in an educational environment and in a country ( United Kingdom) where education is developed especially the level of English language. I was really passionate about making sure that the kids in my School on Dhuvafaaru had a better start in life by improving their level of English listening and writing. I went into classes and team taught, I mentored a group of five gifted and talented young girls and undertook additional revision classes with another teacher for grade 10 students about to sit their IGCSE exam. On Naifaru my work was more as a collective and I feel even the hours of evening painting and stencilling sponsors names, cleaning up the stadium pitch and the water bottles after every match has been a great part of being a volunteer.

The best experience for me was presenting at the opening ceremony of the ILSHA Naifaru championship and officially being part of opening the second biggest football tournament in the whole of the Maldives. It was a surprise and a real honour to have been given the opportunity when I had just arrived. It felt like I was hosting the Oscars but way cooler! And then receiving my appreciation award and certificate for my contribution to improving the English language of the students from Raa Atoll School on Dhuvafaaru. The best aspect of this whole experience has been meeting new and hopefully lifelong friends on both islands. I have been invited to India ( Keralah) next Dec and back to Naifaru and hopefully for another wedding of two good friends.

Christine Eyers (UK)
island(s) Dhuvafaaru & Naifaru - 3 months
Teaching/Youth work