Ever since I was in elementary school I’ve went to Enlighten to become educated in the language of Mandarin Chinese. There, I made friends with many remarkable people and experienced the various wonderful cultures of China from all the amazing events held at this school. Having such a connection to this school, I decided that only natural way of repaying the favor was through volunteering.
I began doing so in 6th grade where I would assist teachers and tutor students at Enlighten. However, my time there as a tutor was cut short when certain circumstances required me to undergo separate surgeries for each of my feet. These surgeries prevented me from walking in the summers of 2013 and 2014. Though my mobility was hindered by the surgery my eagerness to help this school did not falter and I resumed my volunteering through correcting student’s papers in my home. I made sure that for every mistake that each student made there was a written solution guide to follow it up so that students could find their error in their reasonings and to learn from their mistakes. Although I was not able to physically participate in assisting Enlighten at the school, I was still doing my part as a volunteer every day. By the time I had fully recovered from the surgery in the summer of 2015 I realized that Enlighten now had a summer camp, equipped with its very own volunteer team.
Upon seeing this new system I was delighted to become a part of this volunteer team, however the transition from a solo volunteer to working with this new team had a few difficulties for a one reason. The volunteer team had a ranking system based on experience and skills working with the summer camp. While the system in itself was not a bad concept, it was still in its earlier stages and was a bit flawed as the ranking system ended up putting a gap between the volunteers’ relationships. Seeing as how I could make this system better, I worked hard to climb the ranks of the volunteer system. During the first 2 years volunteering at Enlighten Summer Camp, not a beat was skipped as I would go long distances just to make sure I put in the maximum amount of time and effort into this volunteering team. And it was the 2nd year where I was finally promoted to a volunteer captain. By the time I reached the rank that I had strived for two year ago, I realized that all this time I wasn’t only giving to Enlighten, but receiving much as well. From all the new friends I made among the volunteers and the campers to all the fun times and experiences that I went through those summers I felt as if a part of me has become one with the school, and that every drop of sweat I put into this establishment, was worth it.
Phillip Peng ：
Being able to tutor people is an opportunity I am fortunate to have. From my own experience when I encounter a problem on my homework it is always very helpful to have someone there to help me be able to get through the problem. Being able to play the other role and be the helper is something that I genuinely enjoy doing. While helping people I also connect and build bonds with them. As I help them with their problems, I become more connected with them and become friends with them. Building these bonds also helps me better understand and better help teach the material to them.So, tutoring isn’t just something I do for pay or for volunteering, it’s for the experiences I receive and the bonds that I make while helping others.