《声音》启明星专刊 VOICES for Daystar Academy VOICES Spring/Summer Edition 2019 | Page 29
What was your service project?
My service project was to raise money for educational
items for orphans in Beijing. At the beginning of my
project, I did some research regarding the topic
and contacted several orphanages. Then, I held a
donation drive and visited the chosen orphanage
(365chenguangbaobeizhijia) to do some activities.
How did you prepare for your service project?
I contacted orphanage workers dozens of times, making
little progress every time. I also went to different
shopping malls looking for educational items for the
What were some of the obstacles along the way?
Communication was one of the major obstacles along
the way. Workers don’t have a lot of time to talk with
you. Most of things were only confirmed a few days
before I visited, which messed up my original plan.
The original plan differed from my later plan, so lots of
good ideas I had before were not used at all.
What do you wish you had done differently?
I wish I would have had a meeting with the orphanage
workers, so that things could have been done/confirmed
faster and there wouldn’t have been too many changes
when I implementd the service project.
What have you learned from this experience?
Communication is very important. I should start the
project when everything is confirmed. I also learnt how
to deal with changes, and always have backup plans.
Things don’t always work out like how you expect or
anticipate, you need to get used to changes.
How has this experience changed you?
I now start to make more detailed plans, including
backup plans and in case of any obstacles I may face in
Recommendations for 6th/7th graders?
Spend more effort in the planning and brainstorming
stages. Have a unique topic for the community project
would have be a head start. Also remember to have a
plan with deadlines and set reminders to keep you on