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Joy of 'Random Acts'

EIGHTEEN months ago I joined the International Award program at Dulwich College Shanghai, and one of the components I needed to complete was the service element.

I was not sure how to get involved in charity work as there are so many charitable organizations in Shanghai and all seemed so worthy. I then saw an opportunity through my school co-curricular program to join an activity called "Random Acts." This weekly activity was set up by one of our teachers, Ms Brooke, as a chance for students to give back to the local community.

Every week, a group of 53 students get the chance to spend time with children from a local migrant school or old people at a retirement home. We are split into three groups. One group goes to the retirement home and spends time with the residents, reading, playing cards, presenting concerts, chatting and singing with them. The second group helps teach the local migrant school children how to play musical instruments.

My group is the English-teaching group. I am lucky enough to work with a small group of children and help them with their English. I do this by playing games with them, reading books, singing songs and generally chatting and spending time with them. I really look forward to seeing them every week, I enjoy visiting them at their school but I know they love coming to DCS to see us the most. I never realized how helping them with something so simple would give them so much joy, it has been an absolute pleasure to spend time and work with them.

(Article by Alex Strickland, Year 11 student of Dulwich College Shanghai)


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