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Service with CRO

From June 18-29, five students and two teachers from Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, California) joined a group from Hong Kong International School to visit the Kingdom of Wonder to serve with CWEF.

The team took time to learn more about the history and culture of Cambodia before traveling to the Child Rescue Organization (CRO) in Kampong Chhnang province. The team spent a few days getting to know the students at CRO. Through art, games, Bible studies and conversations the team and the students at CRO were able to encourage each other in faith.

The high school students at CRO traveled with the team Sihanoukville to serve at Stronghold Cambodia for the second year. This year three more students joined the team to share their time, talents and joy with the children at Stronghold. The team was able to help with the English and computer lessons, do yard work, lead Bible lessons and song time, as well as facilitate a day camp.

Over the last seven years, CWEF has walked alongside the CRO students as they grow up. When CWEF began visiting CRO with teams in 2010 simple conversations were a challenge, and most of the students at CRO did not expect to graduate from high school. Today, the CRO students eagerly volunteer to lead activities with the teams when they visit, and CWEF supports the CRO students as they complete their university education.

CWEF looks forward to continuing the partnership with CRO and supporting the students as they become leaders in their community and beyond!

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Career Workshop 2017

In June, 50 CWEF high school scholarship recipients from three schools in Guangdong, China learned how to navigate college and careers through a workshop run by college volunteers.  These volunteers shared their experiences of life after gaokao—China’s notoriously stressful college entrance exam—to help high school students feel confident about their options for the future. 

Topics of discussion at the career workshop included the different feelings students might experience after completing the gaokao, how to make choices about where to study and what major to pursue, and how to handle finances in college, from receiving scholarship money to getting a summer job.  Students practiced future planning skills by outlining different potential paths of study based on different exam outcomes.  They also learned about acclimating to campus life and discussed how to spend their time in college engaged in meaningful experiences.  Workshop participants left feeling enlightened and looking forward to the future.  One student said the workshop “improved [her] understanding of choosing a major, choosing a school, and life as a college student,” and another said, “I think this workshop will be a big help towards my college graduation and career.” A third student reflected, “The world is really very big.  I definitely want to try more things and study more while I’m young.” 

The college volunteers, with their energy, commitment, and care, helped the high school students look to their futures with hopeful hearts and open minds.  The students had a chance to encourage each other as they said goodbye at the end of the day, and one student expressed her wish that others can also receive this kind of coaching to see more clearly the possibilities for their future.

 

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REACH Teachers’ Workshop 2017

CWEF’s REACH program provides training for teachers of at-risk students through team building, self-awareness, goal setting, interpersonal communication, emotional management and volunteer service. The program aims to enhance the resilience of young people, helping them to overcome challenges in their daily life and school life. In July, nine teachers from three schools (Renhua School, Heshan School and Deqing Confucius School) attended the annual four-day REACH training in Hong Kong.

In order to support the teachers of the schools and to help them better deliver the contents of the REACH program to the students, CWEF organizes Teachers’ Workshop on a regular basis every year. The workshop aims to enhance their teaching skills, strengthen their sense of mission in the REACH program, and to seek a solution together for any problems encountered.

Training was enhanced by several new tools and activities. The theory of the Johari Window—an activity and model for increasing self-understanding, and the DISC personality test provided teachers with additional instruments and models for increasing student resiliency. School visits, presentations by a social worker and administrator, and other team building activities provided both content and opportunities for on-site training.

One REACH teacher reflected, “I am inspired by the Johari Window—it helps me to better understand myself. I am motivated towards a life goal. I think I can apply what I have learned and I will use it in my work, in my life and in the REACH program in my school.”

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