This trip was a huge success, the teenagers at SS3 put a good effort into performing chores prior to the trip. In general, the teenagers realized the seriousness of the Good Deeds program. In the 4 weeks leading up to the trip, the average point (good actions) increased significantly.
While the activities were a lot of fun for children to participate in, the most important part of this trip was the sharing time we had with a group of older boys. In the woods, sitting around a camp fire, under the moon light, they were able to share their past, their regrets and their feelings. This type of “emotionally safe” environment is very rare in their orphanage. The general attitude in these teenagers has slowly changed from inactive, already giving up to actively trying to be better. Our observations show that when these guys and girls are with us, they do hold themselves to a higher standard.
The teenagers were very respectful to everyone around them throughout the trip; they followed directions with a great deal of respect. They showed strangers and those serving them gratitude and compassion. In some cases, they themselves brought love to strangers who they’ve never met before.
The national park, conservatories, and tourist attractions have taught these teenagers a lot about the world around them. The social environment in which they were just a group of kids having fun definitely helped their self-esteem.
This field day was a huge success and an important day for these teenagers, we should continue organizing this field trip next year. It will continue to be a selective program and children will have to earn their spot to be on this trip.
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