I joined Mosaic in 2014 to encourage students to continue their education after school and to think about their career plans. Mosaic works to inspire children to work hard, persevere and always think about their futures.
It is is an opportunity for children to learn that they have countless opportunities out there and that they need to work hard to take advantage of those opportunities.
I have always wanted to help and work with children, as I feel this is my way of ‘giving something back’.
Another experience I wanted to take part in was working with children abroad. And so in May 2014, I travelled to Marrakech to work with orphans, with Original Volunteers. Original Volunteers send volunteers to Africa, America and India to reach out and help children from less fortunate cities and villages.
The children I volunteered with were babies and children, children with disabilities, including those who could not speak or hear and children with Down syndrome.
During the ten days I spent in Morocco I also had the opportunity to teach a group of children English as part of their English Language course.
A few weeks before I travelled to Morocco, I had completed my first mentoring experience with the Mosaic Primary School scheme. I was able to implement techniques I had learnt from mentoring, such as allowing every student the chance to speak and encouraging the ‘quieter ones’ to speak up.
The primary school scheme consists of 9 sessions each of which focus on a different aspect of the environment, one of which was ‘role models’. These sessions assisted me whilst I was in Morocco.
Whilst speaking to teenagers in Morocco, I encouraged them to talk about their future goals; these included whether they would further carry on their studies and what they would like to do in the future.
My mentoring sessions with Mosaic allowed me to become comfortable within a class, as well as allowed me to further build my confidence when working with children. I was able to implement this whilst in Morocco.
Whilst mentoring at Heathfield Primary School, I realised that patience is a key attribute a mentor should have, as some children had less confidence compared to others. I also realised this whilst working with a group of boys in Morocco.
Their ages ranged from 10-16, some of the boys had more confidence than others when speaking to us in English, so we convinced those less talkative boys to also read and write write in English. We found that their English was very good!
I travelled to Morocco to work with children less fortunate than I, in order to be able to experience their way of life and their education system. I felt I needed to take part in an opportunity like this to be able to help the children I would be working with and to hopefully, inspire them to think about their education and what they want to achieve.
Mosaic allows me to do this whilst in England and I would encourage anyone that is reading my post to join Mosaic if they haven’t already so that they too can broaden their volunteering opportunities, and more importantly so that they too can help and inspire young children!