Malaysia Empowering Youth Movement x Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farm (WWOOF).
For those who do not know of WWOOF, it is a worldwide movement linking volunteers with organic farmers and growers to promote cultural and educational experiences based on trust and non-monetary exchange, thereby helping to build a sustainable, global community.
I tried many different things while I was in Korea but WWOOF was definitely the highlight of my trip. Whoever thought picking acorns would be so thrilling and exciting! The abundance of joy I had while picking acorns was probably because of the cold weather there. You wouldn't hear me complaining at all. I mean, what's there to complaint about when the weather made me the happiest person alive hehe. I believe that my patience level would descend quickly if the weather was anything like in Malaysia. Malaysia is very panas that it turns me into an angrier person. Hah!
Ahhhh, the owner of the farm was generous and kind enough to offer us to pluck the cherry tomatoes that they grow on our own. The taste of it was delicious - sweet and luscious. Just like the weather (no pun intended) aha.
Here are some of the pictures that we managed to capture despite getting ourselves engrossed with picking acorns and eating free flow of cherry tomatoes.
Teaching English to underprivileged students.
Malaysia Empowering Youth Movement has raised the bar high for our portfolio tracks when we decided to be part of the Hope Regional Children's Center. It's a center where volunteers from different countries come together in completing the same mission which is; teaching English to underprivileged students.
Before we make moves to the center, we were told to wait at the nearest train station as we had to wait for other volunteers. In order to reach the center, we had to walk from the train station. I respect the Koreans because walking kilometers of distance is a part of their daily lives. Ya Rabbi, the walking part was not very enjoyable because it was tiring. Good thing, my legs were still intact lol. I didn't expect the center to be that far from the 'nearest' train station *inserts emoji*
The teaching part however, was exciting to me even though I had some difficulty due to language barrier during the first half. But then Azim came to the rescue and made things easier for me. The student I was teaching had an average command of English, very witty and somewhat seemed reluctant to be at the center - probably because she was tired because it was a school day. When Azim and I asked her if she would like to continue learning the next topic, she answered us with a drawing of an angry emoji. How did we both react to this random act? You be the judge! Hahahaha. We had fun nevertheless.