In a few weeks, the seniors will be gone and so it will be the junior’s responsibility to take over their service groups. I’m one of the three juniors that are part of a service group that aims to help local children learn water safety and how to swim. This year, we took on the project of creating three videos about swimming skills. The first video was for beginners, the second for intermediate swimmers, and the final for advanced swimmers. I wrote the scripts and made an outline for the first two videos, but as of right now, we have only filmed one. This is really all we have done and for an entire year of service, it’s barely anything. Then again, we can’t safely get together with local kids and be in close proximity to each other and them and teach them to swim given the current circumstances.
There have been some discussions about future service plans, but they are all dependent on being back in school in August without covid being a huge issue. Ritheek and I have talked about making the service group more organized and equal (workload-wise) as well as making people more aware of it (via our social media platforms). We plan to do this by posting weekly on our Instagram page and using Google features such as group drive, the email account for the service, google photos…etc. We also talked about creating a fundraiser for swimming gear and/or donations for swim gear as well. If COVID is still a major issue next year and we are unable to be with kids in the pool, we plan to finish the three videos and post them and create some sort of merch (towels, shirts, swim caps). I personally hope to be able to actually be able to get into a pool and teach kids next year, but only time will tell if we will be able to.
- LO4: Show commitment to and perseverance in CAS experiences (sticking with this service group for 2 years)
- LO 5: Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively (planning out next year with Ritheek)
- LO6: Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance (teaching local kids to water safety and swimming skills)
This is an Instagram story post we made to advertise our video: