China Team Journal

Thursday, July 4, 2013

July 4 in China - A Volunteer's Story

Today I was awakened by the beautiful scent of the fresh flowers given to me by one of the students. After teaching, we were treated to a delicious lunch by the students. The restaurant served Bai minority recipes. The food was delicious and abundant. It was served by waitresses dressed in minority attire. I commented to the students that the meal felt similar to our American Thanksgiving.

During lunch I enjoyed chatting with one of our Hani minority students while he described all of the fascinating insects he encountered while on a recent hike in the mountains.

While I've now been away from home for 3 weeks, leaving Kunming is bittersweet. I will miss the students and the volunteer team.

Despite my frustration of trying for several nights to locate an appropriate quote on volunteerism from a website that isn't blocked, I found the following quote which seems to fit:

"Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it's the only thing that ever has." --Margaret Mead

Wishing all my fellow volunteers “happy trails” and best wishes in all that you do.

Entry submitted by: Wendy