“Love in any Language”
2011 is the 4th year where CRRS sent the Project Shine team of young North American people to teach English to underprivileged students in WenShan（文山雲南）County, Yunnan, China. This year I wasn’t able to go because of my own pregnancy! Though I was still very blessed in training the team ahead of time and hearing their experiences afterwards in the reunion! I would also like to say a special thanks to Hong Kong CRRS staff Karen Sin for partnering up with Canada CRRS in making this project successful! Each year the Project Shine team must learn the song “Love in any language” as the theme song.
When the Project Shine Summer Trip team is performing this song, we also use sign language. Even though most of our North American young people do not know how to speak fluent Mandarin in China, some have more challenges than others when it comes to the language barrier, but they were able to establish friendship with the students through love. (by Esther Leung)
Below are some letters and thoughts from Project Shine Summer Trip team members and the students from Yunnan China.
Jackie Pare (Project Shine Teacher)
Leaving our students on the last day is the most challenging and difficult thing.This year I found it especially emotional to leave my kids because one of our students, Max, who has always been a trouble maker and for the most part “emotion-less” wept as Christine (my teaching partner) and I were waving goodbye to our kids from the bus. I believe that though it is not always apparent, as teachers we are really impacting and touching the lives of people we may think otherwise about
ElaineCheng’s thoughts for her students (Project Shine Summer Trip teacher)
Even though I am your teacher, I think each of you have taught me so much more about life. You’ve helped me see the world in a different perspective. Having very little, you cherish every bit you have. You may not have as much wealth as we do, but I feel that you are much richer in your dreams, your love towards others, and your warm-hearted kindness and constant joy. Because of the you I am reminded not to take for granted the important things in life, especially family. You inspire me to love my parents more.
Project Shine Summer Trip 母子篇: Zita Lai和她15 歲的兒子 Osman
Zita Lai (Project Manager/媽媽)