I am fundraising by asking everyone for their support with a project I’ have become involved with and is very important to me. I have recently been accepted as a teacher for WorldTeach, a non-profit organization that places English native speaking folks in schools into developing countries. In just over six months, I will be traveling to Shenzhen, China to teach in a public school which do not have enough teachers.
The problem is that there are too many Chinese students per teachers. Hong Kong has about 55 students and in the mainland they have over 70 in their classrooms. The most efficient way to organize all these children is by testing, categorizing and grading them – Chinese education is essentially elitist. Students that excel in school are rewarded with prizes and encouragement, but struggling students are abandoned.
In 2013, a record high 20 million students took these tests. All three years of high school are devoted to the exams, and teachers refer to them continually with 20% of their test are required to be in English. This year I have met a amazing family from Shenzhen, China whom inspired me to do just that. Teach English to Chinese students, just North of Hong Kong. The students will be 8-12 year olds with some knowledge of the English vocabulary. My goal is to make it fun for them; knowing that I’ve made an impact by inspiring young minds.
During my stay I will receive a small living allowance from my school, enough to cover basic expenses while I serve as a teacher for the year. However, getting there won’t be easy, since the cost of volunteering on an international scale is significant. The cost of my placement, training, air travel, insurance and field support for the year is almost $6,000. I am trying to raise half of the volunteer commitment through extra work hours, grants, and several fundraising events, but I also need your help. A donation from you would help make it possible for me to contribute what I have to offer to Chinese students. I will send a newsletter home to all of my sponsors.
Donations should be made online http://www.gofundme.com/ck7fo4 to track the donations. Please note that GoFundMe will send you a receipt for checks or credit cards because all donations are tax deductible. Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions, ideas, or even if you know anyone who might be interested in this project. Even if you can’t donate, please support the cause by sharing my fundraising page with your family and friends.
Thank you so much for helping make this experience possible for me.