“We call him Brother Bo. He is not only the team leader of the Elderly Care Program, but is also an event photographer of HandsOn Shanghai. You’ll see him in every signature HoS event. He has always been a trustworthy support for us. ”
My first volunteer experience took place at the beginning of my college life.
One day in September, 2006, I served as a volunteer in Beijing Disabled People Folk Handicraft Training Center (which is located in Beijing Changping area) to guide people with intellectual disability to do addition and subtraction within 10, as well as to write simple characters.
I was led by a senior student during the first time, and during that event I realized that being team leader really only requires time and patience, and since then I have led two groups of students from Mechanical Engineering School, and one group of students from Humanity and Law School.
Early on, for most events, I was needed to go with the students to help manage the events, but as time went on, and as students keep going every week, the students were welcomed by center staff and were able to manage their own projects.
It was a great feeling because the students that we are helping are disappointed if they don’t see the volunteers event Monday, but through time an patience our team (and impact) grew!