Hard to believe but is has been over two months since I arrived in Poland. The time has flown! It has been an amazing internship for me. So many new friends and experiences, not only working with the children here, but also having a chance to travel a bit around Poland, spending time in Warsaw – so much to see there, as well as other cities such as Krakow.
What has been most rewarding for me is working with the children at The Center of the Holy Mother of Mercy after school enrichment programs. I have enjoyed getting to know many of them and I know in a few weeks when I have to say goodbye it will be difficult. I am trying not to think about that too much. So right now I am enjoying each day working with the children.
The busy time for me is in the afternoon. The kids leave their schools and then come to the Center around 2:30 p.m. Usually at this time a hearty afternoon snack is served for all. I normally sit with a group of children and ask questions about their day at school, or about what is going on in their lives. After the snack I “make my rounds” walking from classroom to classroom finding out who has English homework and who wants help with either reviewing homework or help with conversational English.
By dinnertime, also provided by the Center, I try to converse with as many children as I can to help them learn the communication basics of an English language conversation. After dinner, around 6:00 p.m. there is free time for most children and they can choose what they want to do until 6:30-7:00 p.m. Some kids play on the computer, do crafts, play sports in the gym, or watch films. I try to rotate between different activities so each child can get some language conversation in for the day. The weather has been getting nice so we have been spending time outdoors a lot more and we play many different games. Everyday at the center varies between activities and students so being flexible has been a very important aspect of this work.
CARITAS For Children provides financial support for Special Projects in Poland to assist Polish children in need. Read about the four Projects in Poland when you click here.
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