Chris and I volunteered at a migrant
The kids are from out of Shanghai. Their parents (called migrant workers) moved from other provinces to find work in Shanghai, but non-Shanghainese children can’t enter the government run schools in Shanghai (this is what I’ve heard, correct me if I’m wrong). I can’t understand why, but that’s just how it is. Fortunately, the federal government steps in by opening these schools that these migrant children can attend.. but the conditions aren’t great. Still, the school that we were at was one of the more fortunate ones – the teacher’s desk even had a computer and the classroom had a projector. However, the kids are crammed into classrooms and I didn’t get the feeling they got quality attention from the teachers, since there are just too many kids in the class.
They’re adorable though. So bright and inquisitive, and SMART!!!!! I don’t interact with many (or rather, any) 10 year old kids.. so I guess I don’t have much of a frame of reference. But I was pretty shocked at how quickly they absorbed knowledge, and how good their English was. Basically, they could speak more words in English, than Chris and I could in Chinese. Impressive, right?!
It was really interesting and fun to be with these kids, and I was just floored at how quickly they learned English words. In fact, they even taught me some Chinese words in return, *LOL*!
Found a wee, meowing kitten in the side streets. I could fit it in the palm of my hand.
*()#%*)#$!!! SO CUTE I COULD FAINT. It also had a (shy) sibling behind it
All snuggled up
OMGGGGGGG *heart melts into a quivery puddle*
Live chickens, ducks and quails! The Chinese get ’em killed/plucked right there,
then take it home to cook. Talk about super fresh…
The migrant school area, looking like we’re in an Afghanistan war zone.
It was SO dirty and dusty, sad to think the kids study/play in this area..
A construction worker takes a break
An old man in a half-torn down house. Where’s he gonna go if/when the pull it down?
Outside the tiny entrance into the school
The classroom with a ton of very boisterous kids!
A very hot English teacher 😉
The boys were so cute, and man their English was good!
They knew more English than we did Chinese..
One of the boys writing/drawing stuff he likes
Pretty girls I was working with
One of the girls’ cute drawing
Me and another volunteer working with them on their drawings
Chris, me, and other volunteers with the kids
Girls playing during break-time
Playing “duck, duck, goose!” outside, with Chris being chased around by a kid 😛
Tag relay game. Can you spot Chris?
A small snack at a dirty ‘ol Chinese shop afterwards. Dumplings and deep-fried pork cutlet!