Thursday, August 26, 2010

Farewell Kids, Farewell Volunteering

For my last day volunteering at the GHRE Pakarang Learning Center, a farewell celebration was given to Matt and I for the time we had spent there. It was a bittersweet day as I played games with my young students and gave them tearful goodbyes. I am going to miss them tremendously!

***Permission to use the photographs below have been granted by GHRE***

Some students modeling the animal face masks I helped them make.

Matt and the "Little Big Man" on campus.

Blowing up balloons for the farewell party.

My shyest and my giggliest students.

Teaching the students how to play Jenga. They loved it!

I made the kids peanut butter and jelly sandwiches so that they could try some "American" food. It received mixed reviews.

Heartfelt speeches were made that brought tears to my eyes.

Two of my third graders demonstrating the English speaking skills they learned from me. Too bad no one caught this on video!

The sweet kids gave me goodbye gifts. One boy gave me bright neon pink nail polish!

I thoroughly enjoyed my time volunteering with GHRE and the kids truly made my time there worth-while and so rewarding. I plan to come back to GHRE and visit the children again sometime soon. I mean, how can I not? They are absolutely PRECIOUS!

© Connie Hum 2010


  1. Oh, this post tugged at my heartstrings. :)

  2. Adorable!!! I probably would have been crying the whole time.

  3. Haha! These kids were so cute. The "Little Big Man" was absolutely crazy! Was such a great experience...

  4. I LOVE the 'little big man'. Simply adorable pictures!

  5. awww bless... I love it, adorable...

  6. nice pictures! i know how it feels to leave the kids behind...

    hey, i just noticed that the globe that you have set as a wallpaper here is in german :)

  7. Thanks everyone and yes, these kids are ADORABLE and they deserve so much more in life than what's available to them! If you'd like to help them out, please send donations to GHRE at

    @Seb, it's German just for you! =)

  8. That looks like an incredible experience! I recently spent 2 weeks volunteering with children in Bolivia, and it was one of the best experiences I've had while travelling. It helped me appreciate the country so much more!


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