We Loved February – February 2019

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Mar 1, 2019 // By:Rachael Swertfeger // No Comment

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Journeying to South Trail

The South Trail Branch had the honor of hosting 2 amazing exchange students this year for the month of February! We had Sally and Christina with us for the month and they did an amazing job working with our students, playing games, and learning the program. I asked them each to answer the following 5 questions:

  • How do you think working with our program impacted your visit?
  • What did you enjoy about working with our students?
  • What did you find challenging? How did you overcome those challenges?
  • What do you think your impact on our students was?
  • How would you describe your experience with our programs and kids to your friends and family back home?


Age: 18
Major: Preschool Education
From: JiLin Province

Working with this program really gives me a lot experience getting along with kids and also know different culture from different kinds of people. And it's also a valuable chance to open my mind.

There are many children who speak Spanish and I really enjoy learning Spanish from the kids. And sometimes we taught them Chinese. I think it is an interesting communication process.

It's hard for me to figure out what people are saying at first because they talked too fast. But now the situation becomes better as I trying hard to adapt to an English- speaking environment.

Sometimes I help kids with their homework and usually their mathematic homework. Maybe they feel more relax with my help.

With this program I can learn from each other and play games at the same time. Kid are lovely and vivacious. I really enjoy this time as a volunteer and I hope to do this kind of program again in the future.


Age: 24
Major: English Education
From: Shanxi Province

It was an unforgettable experience for me to take part in this program. It was fantastic! In this program, I met many nice people and they helped me a lot. Furthermore, I learned the American culture as well. We talked about the slangs, education, music, food, movies, games… We had fun and I indeed enjoyed this program and learnt a lot.

I like talking about different cultures and playing games with kids. They are very cute and enthusiastic. Although there are many differences in America and China, we also have numerous similarities between two countries. Besides, kids are naive and pure, I like playing with them because they remind me of my carefree childhood!

For me, I thought language was a big barrier. Sometimes I couldn't understand what they said when they spoke too fast and had some accents. So I decided to watch English movies and TV shows only with English subtitles or without any subtitles to try my best to understand them and it worked.

I thought we had a wonderful memory. I played some American games with students and taught them some Chinese games as well. We made some crafts, including built a tower with marshmallows and spaghetti.

It was a precious experience that I will never forget!  I love my volunteer job. Due to this program, I have a chance to live in America, and meet so many nice people and lovely kids in Orlando. They are very friendly and hospitable and I learnt a lot from them. I appreciate it very much.


Spring Break Camp

Our annual Spring Break camp will be happening again this year at the Downtown Library Branch! Monday March 18- Friday March 22 1pm-5pm! Don't miss this awesome chance to learn how to create your very own One Page Dungeon, D&D Character, maps, and more!

Coming Soon

Summer Camps

We're hard at work planning our summer camps! Stay tuned for sign-ups, locations, and more!
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