This holiday season I would like to give a gift more meaningful than material- the gift of service. I will spend 3 weeks in Croatia starting December 12th working to support youth ages 7-18 who need educational support and assistance with important social and interpersonal skills. I chose this location because the area receives very few volunteers, especially in holiday season, and I would like to go where I will be useful.
As a Software Engineering student, I hope to share my experience and knowledge in coding to help heighten their expectations for themselves and open up new possibilities for their future.
More specifically, I will do everything from assisting with homework, supporting and encouraging studies of geography or history, organizing activities such as theater sessions, helping with arts and crafts activities, sports and assisting with any general work that needs to be done including beach clean up.
I will also be teaching English, mostly by interacting with the young people to improve their verbal and written English language skills, which is often one of their biggest difficulties. I want to provide a safe space where they are well supported and offer new insights about love of education.
The cost breaks down to $400 for TEFL certification (100 hours of learning), $1600 for discounted coach airfare round trip, $700 for program fees and materials.
Please help me to serve an area which doesn’t receive much attention or aid! Please help me to support these younger people strive for bright futures and find their passions! Everyone deserves a shoulder to lean on, and together we can make a difference!