My Volunteer Experience

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My volunteer experience was conducted at the Little People’s Village, which is a day care center in Lungford, Georgia. My supervisor’s name was Mr. Larry Grimsley. I chose this agency because I wanted to work with small kids. The agency is deeply rooted in the church, so I knew this would be a good choice because I was brought up in the church myself. Since a local church funds the agency, I knew it would be a positive background for both the children and I. I rendered service to the agency. My services included reading to the children, playing with the children, feeding the baby, and most of all I made sure the children were safe and out of danger when Mr. Grimsley was not in the room. The main duty I had to perform was overseeing the children. The main objective I wanted to pursue was how do young kids react to strangers? To achieve this objective, I interacted with the children.

Chelsy, 3, and Fred, 4, didn’t associate with me at first. After my second day, they opened up to me and enjoyed my interaction with them. Venia, who was ten months old, didn’t like me at all. No matter how much I held her or played with her she was still afraid of me. After two weeks she opened up to me and accepted my interaction with her. This all goes to show that kids have to become familiar with a person and trust them before they let their guard down.

        My volunteer experience at the day care really impacted my life. From my experience I have learned to be more patient with children and I now try to understand why they do the things they do. I have also learned that kids are sensitive and require...