Volunteer – West Vancouver Community Center & West Vancouver Memorial Library

Through the year I have volunteered at West Vancouver Community Center and West Vancouver Memorial Library for series of events.

West Vancouver Community Center:

  • Volunteer at concession Stand at Ambleside Youth Center (every Friday, 8:00 – 10:00)
    • For this job, I was required to sell food and lend out supply to the youth who comes into the center. This helped me develop my skills of communication and learn the sense of community because I was working and negotiating with people who live in the same community as me. I think that this is a very valuable experience because I got to know a lot of people from other schools, such as West Vancouver Secondary and Sentinel.
  • Children Logo Program (every Saturday, 10:15 – 12:00)
    • I was helping out at the Logo Program where I was able to develop my corporation and communication skills, especially with the younger children. I also learned to be more tolerance when facing a not very ideal situation, such as children screaming around.
  • Special Events  (Christmas sale, etc.)
    • Develop close relation between people from other schools which widened my friend circle. This really helped me develop the skills of communicating and working with people I have first met.

West Vancouver Memorial Library:

  • Book Buddies (every Saturday, 1:00-2:15 p.m.)
    • This volunteer opportunity not only provides me the chance to connect with the children in my community but also helped me ceased from the pressure that I received every day.
  • Special Events (Remembrance Day, etc.)
    • By helping out at these events, I got the chance to fell a sense of unity in the community I lived in. Although I couldn’t meet all the people in the community, I was able to see most of them and help them during these special events.

My Current CAS Commitments

Creativity:

Jazz Band  —  Every Wednesday 3:45~5:00 p.m. & Every Friday 1:30~2:30 p.m.  (Major)

Academy of Tomorrow — One week in separate month (Januray, March, May 2016)     (Major)

Model UN — Every Wednesday 1:15~2:05        (Major)

Debate Class — Every Saturday 1:00 ~ 3:00 p.m.   (Minor)

Personal Project — June 2015 to March 2016      (Minor)

 

Action:

Duke of Edinburgh Award — Every Monday 1:25 ~2:05 p.m.    (Major)

Badminton Club — Every Friday 3:30 to 5       (Major)

Basketball B Team — Every Monday 7:00~8:00 & Friday 2:30~3:30 (From November 2015  to Feburary 2016)    (Minor)

 

Service:

Art Assistant — Every Thursday 1:25 ~ 2:05 p.m.     (Minor)

West Vancouver Community Center — Special Events (Remembranc Day, Christmas, and such).     (Major)

West Vancouver Memorial Library —  Book Buddies  (Major)

My CAS Commitment so Far

Service:

West Vancouver Community

  • Pumpkin Fest
    • October 1st Orientation 6:00-7:00pm (Minor)
    • October 4th Child minding 6:30-9:30pm (Minor)
    • October 5th Set up & Family Zone 8:00-11:30am (Minor)
  • Christmas
    • December 5th Craft Table 4:30-6:00pm (Minor)
    • December 6th Pancake 8:30-1:30pm (Minor)

Mulgrave School

  • November 11th Remembrance Day 10:00-1:00pm (Minor)
  • We Are Rafikis (sold 15) (Minor)
  • Costa Rica Trip (Major)
  • Student Ambassador (Major)
  • House boards decoration (Minor)
  • Every Monday Mandarin Buddies 3:35-4:15pm (Major)
  • September 21st Welcome back BBQ 1:00-3:15pm (Minor)

Action:

  • Every Saturday Swimming 4:00-5:30pm (Major)
  • Twice a week Basketball 4:00-5:30pm and 7:00-8:00am (Major)
  • Every Saturday Snowboarding 12:00-2:00pm (Minor)
  • Horse bike riding (still deciding) (Major)
  • Golf (Minor)
  • Duke Edinburgh (Bronze) (Major)

Creativity:

  • Every Tuesday and Friday Piano 8:00-8:45pm (Major)
  • Every Wednesday Theory Class 5:00-5:45pm (Major)
  • Every Sunday Art lesson 1:00-3:00pm (Major)
  • Every Tuesday and Thursday Concert Band 8:00-9:15am, and 1:30-2:05pm (Major)
  • Every other Thursday Art Council 1:15-1:35pm (Major)
  • Every Tuesday and Friday Jazz Choir 3:30-5:00pm, and 7:45-8:30pm (Major)
  • Every Wednesday and Friday Concert Choir 1:30-2:05pm, and 1:30-2:30pm (Major)
  • Every Tuesday ARTattack (my own club) 1:15-2:05pm (Major)
  • Every Thursday Art of Today elective 2:05-3:35pm (Major)
  • Every Wednesday Music Combo elective 2:05-3:35pm (Major)

 

My CAS Commitments So Far

Service:

Student Ambassordor (Major)

West Vancouver Community Center (Major)

Mandarin Buddies (Major)

Sepcial Events at WVCC (Minor)

Welcome Back BBQ (Minor)

Open House (Minor)

GEO Costa Rica Trip (Minor)

 

Creativity:

Art Lesson (Major)

Piano Lesson (Major)

Art of Today (Elective, Major)

Music Combo (Elective, Major)

Vocal Jazz (Major)

Concert Choir (Major)

Concert Band  (Major)

T-club (Minor)

Art Counsil (Minor)

House board decorations (Minor)

 

Action:

Swimming (Major)

Badminton team (Major)

Snowboarding (Major)

Golf (Major)

K-pop Dancing Club (Minor)

 

 

 

 

 

Final Reflection 1

Did you meet your CAS goals? What are you most proud of? What would you change if you did it again? What CAS ideas do you have for the summer or next year?

I met most of my CAS goals this year. My  first goal (Academic) is to get a 5/6 in every subjects, I don’t know about term 2, but for term 1, I achieve 70 percent of it , and there are still two or three subjects that are 4s, so I work on those subjects these terms. And I think everything went pretty well, so I am excited to see my report card because I think I could get a better mark in those subjects for term 2. For my CAS goal, I am feeling really good with it because I got a lot of activities for each category, but something I still need improve is to have some more action and service. I have 6 Creativity, 4 Action, and 4 Service. So for next year I want to keep the creativity, maybe add some to it , and do more action and service. Otherwise I think I did a pretty good job for my CAS, and I had achieve 95 percent of my CAS goals. For my socializing goal, I said to make a lot of friends at Mulgrave, and fortunately I achieve this goal 100 percent! I made a lot of friends, and at first I only talk to Chinese, or Korean friends, but then I start to talk to other students too. I start to join in the conversation they have during electives. And I have made tons of close friends too. My last goal is to get better at piano and flute. I changed a piano teacher at the beginning of the year, and he is a fabulous and professional pianist. He taught me a lot of new techniques on how to play piano, and both my parents and he said that I had improved a lot on piano. I play much better now, so I think I achieve my goal for get better at piano!! For flute, I also feel that I improved a lot because I can play the flute much clear now, before I didn’t have enough air to blow the flute , so I was always out of breath. Now I still have the air problem, but that much because I know how to control the air from getting away more, and I could blow the note longer, and longer. Something I also improved on flute is sight reading. Before I need a finger sheet to figure out which note is which on the music, but now I don’t really need it because I could recognize the note on the music sheet immediately, and play it. So I am very happy about both my improvements on piano and flute!!!

I am most proud of becoming more sociable, and self- aware for this year. However, if I have a chance to do everything again, I am going to work on my time management for homework. So I could get more time for my CAS, some outdoor activities, hobbies, and rest. In the summer I am going to practice guitar  so I am ready for the performing art circle at the beginning of the year. I am also going to work on my English which is to read more books, and I am going to take English tutor in China. Other than English tutor, I am also going to take art tutor, and I am also going to work on some art works which I will use for multiple art competitions. I might also take dance lesson at the same time, since I don’t want to forget how to dance after the long break. I would also work on singing during the summer. There are a lot of things waiting for me to do in summer , and I am ready for it !!!!!!!

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Ecuador – Me To We Trip During Spring Break 2014

During this spring break I went on a Me to We Trip to Ecuador with 16 other other Mulgrave students and 3 teachers. I had a lot of fun during this trip. I learned about Ecuador as a country, the culture, how do people live their, etc. I made a lot of memories with my friends. During this trip I also got to know other people who I don’t talk to at school. I am also very happy that I helped people at Ecuador, we weren’t there for nothing. We helped them build the school, help the women groups make the necklaces, bracelets, etc.

Since our fly to Quito, the capital city of Ecuador is at 6:45 a.m.on Friday, March 14th, so we need be at airport at 3:30a.m. which is extremely early. So we got to Ecuador, and on the first day, March 15th, we visit a historical museum, and eat at a traditional restaurant at Quito.

Then on the second day, March 16th, we had a full day ride to arrive at the Chimborazo mountain where we stayed for 1 week in a nice and comfy lodge. There is only one group, our group stay at the lodge, so we kind of have the whole lodge to play, and hang out which is very fun. Then we went to work on the next following 3 days. We went to a school which is even high up in the mountain, and we need to take about 1 and half hour to arrive there. The people are building a new school, since the old one is a bit small to fit in every child who live in the village. We helped paint the roof, and the wall; choose suitable rocks for the building; sorting, sifting; making bricks, and a lot of other things. It is very impressive to see all the work we had done in these three days. Other than working we also played with the children at the school. Some of us play soccer, basketball, and frisbee with them, and some of us played the Hopscotch with them. There are three people who can speak Spanish in our students group, so communicate with the children is not that hard. But if the three people are not with us, sometimes we choose not to talk because we couldn’t speak Spanish.For the next two days, we went to two different women groups where we learn about their family condition,and for the first women group we learned and helped make the necklaces, and belts they are making to sell. For the second women group we helped them cut the feather from the sheep, and we also learned how to use the traditional ecuadorian sewing machine which is very cool and fun. When we were leaving we also got a chance to buy the beautiful things the women had made which is an interesting experience because we got to choose and buy things we like by ourselves. On the last day at Chimborazo which is a Saturday, we went to the school again, and we gave all our effort and energy because it was our last day to help the people building the school, so we want to work as hard as we could. At that night, there were also traditional Ecuador musicians came in and perform to us. All of us danced with the music they played,everyone had tons of fun, and we all bought a CD from the musicians at the end.

So it was Sunday, March 23rd, we were on our way to the rainforest, Amazon. I was really excited because I had never been to a rainforest before. As usual we took a day long bus ride, and at the end we also got 30 minutes of boat ride which is extremely fun too.Then we arrived at the lodge we are staying for the last 2 and half days. Amazon is really different from Chimborazo, it is hot, and wet (humidity), and there are a lot of insects at Amazon that “sing” during the night time. So it is quite annoying to woke up in the middle of the night from the noise the insects make. We also celebrate Torean’s birthday at Amazon during the second day at Amazon. We went on a hike in the rainforest on the first day which is very intensive because the rain is so huge that at the end of the hike all of us are soaking wet, even with a rain jacket on. Then we went to visit a women group where they make a lot of pretty bracelets and necklaces. Each bracelet/necklace means something, some of them means good luck, some of them means peace, etc. At there we learned how to make the bracelets, and we also got to buy a lot of them. Then in the afternoon we experience a ” cleaning harmony” by a shaman (traditional doctor). On the second day we visited a Chocolate farm at Amazon which is something I am really interested in because I love Chocolate. We learned about how the whole system work in the Chocolate farm, how do the people get the seeds, how do they sell the Chocolate seeds, etc. When we left the Chocolate farm we brought back some Chocolate seeds, and we make our own chocolate later that day. We put a lot of sugar in the chocolate, since it is too dark,and bitter. Even when we put 2 bowls of sugar into the chocolate it is still a bit bitter which stills taste ok. Most of us also tried to eat roasted grubs, but I didn’t because I am not a fan of eating bugs. Some of us even eat the grubs row! Since it was our last day at Amazon, we watched a traditional performance performed by the teenagers who live at the village next to our lodge. And all of us dance together, some of us even got to show the special talents they have to the village’s tennagers.

On the last day, we took another long bus ride to go back to Quito, and we spent one hour at the local market where we bought gifts for our family, and friends. Then we went to have a traditional dinner. It was hard at the airport to say goodbye to our facilitators, Sarah and Amy. They gave us bracelets as gifts to remember the whole Ecuador Trip.

This trip is a extremely fun trip. I got to challenge myself to do more works, and to help other people. I also got to know more about Ecuador’s culture, and people around me.

One of the highlight of the trip is the after dinner activity we did everyday with our facilitators. Everyday the activity is different, and we got to know each other  more throughout the activities, and we also got to build up our team, and for one of the activities we did at Chimborazo, we learned about Ecuador’s history. Other than activities, food we ate at Ecuador is amazingly delicious!!!!!

 

 

Ecuador – Me to We Trip

For this spring break I am going on a Me to We Trip to Ecuador.This is one of my major CAS-Service.  According to the schedule the teacher gave to us, we are going to visit the capital city of Ecuador which is Quito and the Amazon rainforest which is the one I am really excited to go because I had never been to a rainforest before. Other than visiting, the main purpose we are there is going to help the children build their school on the Chimborazo Mountain, and we are also going to visit three different women groups who work and gain money together. The whole trip sounds extremely interesting to me. And I can’t wait till spring break come!

 

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Chinese Lunar Lunch

This Monday, almost all the Mandarin Speaker in Grade 8, and some in Grade 9 participating for the Chinese Lunar Lunch translation which counts as a Minor Service. We left school at 11:35 p.m., and went back around 2:15 p.m. We volunteer for about 2 hours. Every one of us was a translator for the board members or Mulgrave principles and staff.  It is a very fun opportunity to get to know what’s going on everyday at Mulgrave between the parents and teachers. It was also a good opportunity for Chinese parents who can’t speak English to ask some questions about our school and get to know more Chinese parents at Mulgrave while enjoy the delicious food at the hotel. We walk around with our staff, and whenever they want to talk to someone, they would just say ” hi” to the person, and then the conversation starts! It is very fun, and food there is very delicious. Very important I got to use my brain more, and develop my English speaking skills more, since I need to translate everything in  Chinese to English, and from English to Chinese. Hope next year I could translate for the parents and Mulgrave staff again!

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