It’s really hard to convince people to do anything for free. They just won’t do it! Specially if they have to do that thing for continuous 2 hours. But that really apply to those people who are too much in their routine. Being a new animal in this jungle, I decided to do something for free just to meet other animals. A tutoring program which helps to understand mostly all the subjects they are currently learning in their classes. So I went there at the orientation and got a name tag which I threw right away. After the orientation was over, I was completely sure that this thing isn’t gonna work. But my mother’s also a teacher and I inherited the teaching thing from her I guess. So I signed up for 4 Wednesdays with 2 hours each week.
After the first class, I was convinced that yes, it’s really worth it! The satisfaction that you get when you help someone to get their way out from a calculus problem or to help them understand why do things move around them is really one of the most amazing feeling you can have. And not just teaching, I get to know the High School culture here, the things they talk about, their outlook, their perspectives, pretty much everything. But it got as good as it can yesterday when it was my last day of volunteering.
Teaching around 3 subjects, I became the most popular among kids, as well as the tutors, as our program director told me! We all finished off pretty early and whenever we finished off, I would have just leave the place if it was some any other day. But yesterday wasn’t any other day. I stayed there and really got to know the fellow students who were tutoring. They all had their reason. One was there to get humanities credits. 2 of them were there because of community service thing. And the last girl was there because she got into some kind of trouble, so it was necessary for her. Of course she didn’t tell me what trouble she got into! But I kinda guessed it. 😀
We shared our cultures. Wait. I guess, the correct thing to say will be, they shared my culture! Being from India, I was the most cultural person they had ever met. Every Indian is like that! One girl was so much into the Hinduism that she said she felt really connected when she went to a temple once! And now she believes she’s a Hindu by belief. Well, that’s interesting! The last hour went away like a minute with all the chit-chat from childhood t.v. shows to superhero movies and chick-flicks.
Everyone will be there next week also. Actually, next Wednesday is the last day of this program. But yesterday was my last day. As our director came in to make us aware that it’s actually time to go, we stood up from our chairs against our wishes. I grabbed another chocolate, yes, it was free for us! As I stepped out of the door to leave, I saw hands waving inside and somebody saying something that I couldn’t catch because of the wind blowing outside. So I went in, and they all, including our director said, “You’re coming next week, right?” And all I could manage was “Yes, I’ll be here.”