|Learning, Playing and Singing with NTU students|
Upon a visit from Creighton Medical United in Relief Assistance’s (CURA) USA medical students, more students from Asian Medical School Association (AMSA) and several doctors also made their ways to Cijayanti village, Bogor, to provide health care services to the residents. This time Cijayanti welcomed 18 students from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, on June 25th. Their four-day visit was to help Cijayanti V and VII elementary students learn English.
Even though school days were over, the schools enthusiastically opened doors to the NTU volunteers and students who were keen to learn English, which was close to everyone. There were 106 participating students from the fifth grade and 60 from the sixth grade.
The playful learning process had to overcome language barriers but all the students looked just as happy as the NTU volunteers. Despite their difficulties in getting instructions across to the students, the NTU volunteers gave their all for the children. Moreover, they even trained the students to perform in a show named SAMENAN.
SAMENAN is a graduation ceremony that is held every academic year. Parents and some of the residents usually attend the ceremony to witness students sing, dance, read poems and perform other artistic acts. But special to this time’s SAMENAN was a choir singing English songs led by the NTU students. They too had the chance to sing on stage. It never crossed their minds before that they were going to sing for the Cijayantis.
The school principal, Mrs. Tuty, was thankful to the NTU volunteers for their visit. “Thank you to the NTU students for teaching our children English. They knew nothing in English but now they started learning and showed interest for the language,” she said. “They even sang in English.”
Thanks to the NTU students, Cijayanti students have found the enjoyment in learning English, it was truly a memorable visit.