Monday, July 10, 2017

Ashiana orphanage volunteering, July 28, 29, 30, 2016 (ATREYA)

Atreya Iyer
July 28, 29, 30 2016, 11am - 3pm
Ashi Haryana
Dr. Vibha Taluja
Supervisor contact info: +91 98159094331;

Through teaching these students, I was targeting the social injustices of lack of education and lack of access to technology, especially for impoverished children. To me, these are worthy causes because in Silicon Valley, it seems guaranteed to us that we have education and technology, but many in the rest of the world lack what we depend upon so much.

Over the past seven sessions, I helped teach about 40 students invaluable computer skills, such as hardware, OS installation, binary, hexadecimal, Microsoft Excel, and Adobe Photoshop. I believe I really made an impact in the students’ learning. It was encouraging to see the kids’ enthusiasm as they would come early to class and leave late so they could do more on the computers. I hope that what I taught them really lasts a lifetime, as the skills they learned will help them in the future, whether it is for fun or even to help them get a job. I hope that the hexadecimal and Photoshop that I taught them was a good introduction to graphic design so the students can learn art through computers. Additionally, I hope that teaching Excel helped them learn more about storing data and manipulating it.

Honestly, I was very surprised at everything that transpired when I taught. Through educating these students, many of whom were my age or older, I realized how lucky I’ve been, not only to have parents who care for me, but also to have technology at my fingertips, and to have been taught for everyday of my life. I had also never realized how rewarding it feels to educate people, especially when teaching them things that could have far-reaching benefits for the rest of their lives.

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