Children have honest conversations

Dec 5, 2019#CommuniTea Stories

 

👤 Kasper, Volunteer

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“When I moved to Richmond I really wanted to feel like a part of the community, so I volunteered as a tutor in the Homework Club. I volunteered for four years.

I think volunteering taught me about the value of community and allowed me to grow as an individual.

While I shared my academic knowledge with the students, they shared their world views with me. We often discussed interesting societal issues, to which they gave their diverse and interesting opinions. They displayed genuine curiosity, were honest in their opinions, and showed remarkable good faith in their discussions. It is difficult to explain, but these young people can teach adults things about genuine conversations that we have long forgotten about.

I’m a medical student at the University of Sydney now and when I’m talking with patients on the wards, I lean on the insights my students gave me.

I think I see the perspective of my patients a little better thanks to my time as a volunteer tutor.”

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