Service Learning Experience

Because He Once Loved Us

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I am very grateful for the opportunities I had to volunteer and help refugees here in Utah County.  Not only did I learn a lot about refugees, it also felt good to help out.

I finished my 20 hours of service learning through the because he once loved us program.  I started off my service by setting up for an event in Lehi, Utah.  I was able to talk with a lot of the refugees as well.  They really do seem like great people who are very humble.  I put together gifts for them which involved tying candy canes to gift bags.  I set up tables, chairs, and decorations as well.  Although I wasn’t able to go to the actual event, I was glad I was able to help set up the event and that I contributed to making it happen.

I was also able to help set up and attend an event at Utah Valley University.  It was a benefit concert for refugees.  I showed up before hand to help set up the event and I helped clean up after the event was over.  During the benefit concert, I learned a lot about local refugees, as they did have portions of the event that was educational.  Today’s refugee crisis is the biggest since World War II, and it’s growing. Two years ago, 50 million people had been forcefully displaced from their homes by conflict and war; now there are 65.3 million. There were 3 million Syrian refugees in 2014; now there are 4.9 million. With this extreme crisis comes lost education, lost homes, and lost future.  I felt so bad for these people as I was hearing about all of this.  It reminded me of the line activity we did as a class about privilege.  It made me feel kind of guilty about how much privileges I have and have had growing up.  It made me realize that I sometimes took those privileges for granted.  It also made me realize that there are so many people struggling in the world who need help.  I was grateful to be educated on this topic because I think that is the first step in helping refugees.

There were other events I helped set up and cleaned up for.  There was an event on Saturday, December 2nd that started at 6:30pm in Draper, Utah.  I got there as early as 2pm to help set up.  When the event started, my other classmates and I basically acted as chaperones.  We participated in various activities with the refugees ad I had a lot of fun.

It was surprising to me how, as we look at them, little basic things were something refugees needed to be taught.  On Tuesday, December 5th, a few of my classmates and I went to Salt Lake City, Utah, where we met with a few refugees to teach them how to use basic cleaning supplies.  Once again, this made me realize how priviliged I actually am.  I was grateful and humbled to show these refugees how to clean.

In conclusion, I would say that my service learning experience was a success.  I felt like I was able to make a difference for a select few people in the world.  It helped me to really open my eyes about the refugee crisis and motivated me to try to make a difference.  It also felt great to help people who are in need.

NPR/TEDTalk

I listened to a TED Talk given by Melissa Fleming in October 2014.  This TED Talk really stood out to me.  It reminded me of the line activity we did as a class about privilege.  This TED Tald started off talking about how today’s refugee crisis is the biggest since World War II, and it’s growing. When this talk was given, 50 million people had been forcefully displaced from their homes by conflict and war; now there are 65.3 million. There were 3 million Syrian refugees in 2014; now there are 4.9 million. With this extreme crisis comes lost education, lost homes, and lost future. Melissa Fleming of the UN’s refugee agency tells the refugees’ stories and asks us to help them rebuild their world.

As I said in my presentation, I think the best thing we can do to help refugees is to educate ourselves about this.  If we don’t know what’s going on, then how can we help?  We can’t.  In the article Borders, Fences, and Limits—Protecting Austria From Refugees: Metadiscursive Negotiation of Meaning in the Current Refugee Crisis, Markus Rheindorf says “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” (Rheindorf, 7).  This was a really powerful quote to me.  If we can learn more about these people, we can use our knowlege as a “weapon.”  Another article I read, The Refugee Crisis – A Challenge for Europe and the World, talked about how we need to change our mindset to be willing to help these people.  “It’s not enough to know and feel sorry for these unfortunate refugees.  We need to be willing to help these people.  We need a new mindset; one of courage and hope.  We need to put our understanding into action” (Furtak, 5).  I think these are the things that we need to do to help these people.  Melissa Fleming also talked about a lot of these same things.

Post 10

I have learned a lot about communicating across different cultures.  I have come to be more aware of the role of competent communication in intercultural awareness and sensitivity. I have learned about the classical and current definition of culture and their general characteristics.  I have learned about the components and process of intercultural communication such as perception and motivation. I now have a better overview of differences and similarities in verbal and nonverbal intercultural communication. I feel like I have achieved intercultural communication competence, in which I haven’t before.

Post 9

I think violence is a major factor when it comes to today’s media, being a potentially dangerous instigator when it comes to young audiences. Kids are influenced easily by what they see on television or the Internet.  This might even lead to mimicking such acts on other people.  I also think advertising can jeopardize one’s idea of what beauty and health is, seeing that products revolve around these two aspects in an outrageous fashion. Kids can become obsessed with the way they look, especially through beauty reality shows and magazines. It can lead to health problems like anorexia and bulimia, or use the antics of questionable celebrities in the industry as influences.

I thought the guest speaker was interesting.  I learned about the overall African culture.  Some things that stood out to me were the rituals and him getting kicked out of Africa.  I also think you learn more about cultures by living in it in different ways than just studying it.

Post 8

I talked with a family friend Kate and. her husband, Juan.  Kate is Caucasian and Juan is Hispanic.  Kate told me that what’s clear to the both of them is that being a different race or ethnicity ultimately makes very little difference in a happy relationship. Instead, their different cultures and background only seem to enhance their lives together.  They like all of the cultural differences that they have.  They learn from one another and teach each other about their different customs.  From the group that presented on Friday, I learned that co-cultural groups aren’t based on the country in which you were born or the national society in which you were raised. Instead it is composed of smaller groups of people with who you identify.

Post 7

I had a lot of fun doing the activity on Monday.  I was in the highest group.  When it came turn for my group to influence new to rules, I saw that we didn’t make runs in which would help some other group. We helped ourselves and didn’t consider any other person. I additionally saw that the lower two groups, when relegating the additional chips, offered them to those that had the most reduced sum or offered them to somebody with the goal that they could go into the high group. I observed this to enthusiasm as this is the means by which it is in reality. The rich remain rich and help themselves, while the lower class help each other and help each other to be okay. The rich try to get more rich and the poor get poorer.

When it comes to privilege, I have discovered that I am considerably more certain about discussing it freely now with others; it’s still entirely cumbersome to concede I have normal benefits that others don’t have, however I have additionally acknowledged I’m underprivileged in things I had never considered. Thus however, I can relate in things I am more special in and figure out how to be both a backer AND a partner in various circumstances. I need to feel good utilizing my energy to help individuals, and these most recent couple of long stretches of class have presented me to it enough that I have an inclination that I can do that.

Post 6

The in class activity with the paper clips that we did was truly educational to me. I had been beginning to show signs of improvement get a handle on what benefit was and this activity helped me understand the benefits that I appreciate in my life. I had seen recordings online of the benefit walk on the web and I was energized and apprehensive to perceive how it would apply to me. Amid the action I felt myself feeling a variety of feelings. I felt thankful for the majority of the benefits that I am honored with yet in the meantime I felt humiliated and regretful. Each progression that I took forward I needed to have the capacity to convey the individual by me with me. It was an extraordinary ordeal for me to see and comprehend what benefits that I do have and how I can better utilize them in my life. On a similar note, I need to have the capacity to help the other individuals around me and give chances to everybody to be effective.

Post 5

I am a case of white male privilege. I know this, and I do my best to pay special mind to, and evade, the courses in which it causes me excel in life. It is difficult, on the grounds that education is the thing that has helped me to come to perceive this benefit, and hence my comprehension hasn’t been with me for as long as I can remember.

I can, in the event that I wish, organize to be in the organization of individuals of my race more often than not.  In the event that I should need to move, I can be almost certain of leasing or obtaining lodging in a zone that I can manage the cost of and in which I would need to live.  I can be almost certain that my neighbors in such an area will be nonpartisan or lovely to me.  I can go shopping alone more often than not, truly very much guaranteed that I won’t be taken after or badgering.  I can turn on the TV or open to the front page of the paper and see individuals of my race generally spoke to.

Cultural Self-Assessment

Culture and identity are two exceptionally unusual thoughts. They are gotten at an extremely youthful age, yet they are difficult to provide for another person. They will influence you for the rest or your life, yet generally you are naturally introduced to them. Be that as it may, they soon turn out to be critical to us and we can’t, regardless of what we do, live without them. They are a piece of us, and a key part of society. Be that as it may, it set aside me a long opportunity to perceive that I had a personality and a short time after that before I realized what it was.

My whole life I have been a working class white male. I was naturally introduced to this character and in all likelihood will pass on in this personality. My whole family fits into a similar class of society. I could most likely wear a sign that read, “Normal American” and nobody could ever reveal to me that I was definitely not. The area that I experienced childhood in is working class, and a dominant part of the neighbors that I have are likewise white and of a similar class. When I was more youthful, me and my friends would play computer games at my home until the point that my mother would instruct us to go outside. It appeared like the summers kept going longer at that point. This is presumably on the grounds that we spent ordinary searching for a remark, while nowadays I spend my summers searching for approaches to escape doing what I should do.

We would go to the neighborhood rudimentary and center schools where there was a little rivulet and lake. We would get crawfish, bugs, and frogs just to release them after we praised our incredible accomplishment. We would play tag, football, soccer, hockey and baseball at somebody’s home or at the athletic fields of the schools. And every one of us were of a similar culture and class. It was constantly three to fifteen youthful white guys doing what youthful white guys typically do. A couple of alternate children were Italian, which evidently isn’t Caucasian, however we didn’t realize that.

On the ends of the week my family and I would go up north to our bungalow. Everybody up there was basically precisely the same as us. I had more white, working class companions up at my cabin. So I would go through the ends of the week with them, and afterward return home to go through my weekdays with my different companions. I even went to a tuition based school which, as life would have it, was loaded with more white, working class kids. The main children who were of an alternate race and culture had left the school when we were in third grade. I spent all of rudimentary, center, and secondary school in tuition based schools that had not very many individuals in them who were at all not the same as I am.

To state that I have little involvement with anybody outside my way of life, class, and race is putting it mildly. I have no involvement with anybody outside my way of life, class, and race. Despite the fact that that has transformed, regardless I have never experienced somebody loathing me due to my way of life as well as race. On the off chance that it were my direction, I never will. Notwithstanding, reality discloses to me that some time or another I will. It is unusual for me now to be in an educational system that isn’t totally white.

I believe that it is imperative to know about the recognitions that we have toward others. This task has helped me open my eyes to my own discernments. Our race, sexual orientation, financial class, religion, ethnicity, or whatever don’t figure out our identity. It is about the general population that we are and the way that we can impart love to people around us. This is something that I need to be better at: seeing individuals for who they genuinely are, not what they do or what they resemble. In the event that I can dispose of that judgment out of my life I believe that it will enable me to comprehend everyone around me significantly more. I likewise need to get out and encounter greater decent variety and become more acquainted with more societies and individuals. I think there is so much that we can gain from each other and we are for the most part so exceptional so we can impart that to people around us. Likewise, I need to be more open and tolerating with how I am. I need to be certain about how I was raised and have the capacity to share what I have encountered in my life as opposed to attempting to influence it to appear as though I am the same as every other person. Since as a general rule, no one is the same and that is the reason we as a whole can gain such a great amount from each other. My story and foundation can enable the person beside me to take in more simply like I seek that he can do after me as well.

Post 4

I think the first chapter has stood out to me so far this semester because in my life, I have had many encounters where I have needed to conform to another culture or the other way around, where one of my dear companions/relatives has needed to acclimate to my way of life. When you consider an alternate culture, many people consider truly various spots, for example, the Middle East, or Mexico and so on. When I think about an alternate culture that could mean the town believe it or not beside me. I think it is critical to know about the assorted variety around you. An alternate culture may not generally be universes away; it could be your nearby neighbor. There is an incentive in adapting more about different societies and how they experience their lives.

 

Adonica Limon’s video was a superb case in underlining a woman that was not privileged at all. Her originating from various societies as of now place her in a minority classification, paying little respect to where she is. Her being a cultivate kid, having an abusive spouse, and the motivating force that brought her to head off to college with no information of how to do as such likewise exhibited this. Adonica had a considerable measure of inclinations about what her character in culture and social conditions ought to be, yet she continued to break the generalizations, put herself through school, and remain fruitful. Adonica arranged her character and still is as she keeps on experiencing school so she can by and by feel like she’s turn out to be sufficient. I thought that it was fascinating when Adonica specified she needed to be content as I think it has much to do with her being a minority. She has a thought of what will be effective, and needed to challenge everything to choose to do that for herself.