I once went to the mainland to do volunteer work. I visited a rural area and had lessons with the primary school students there. I got the chance to teach them music and they were very happy.
Their classrooms are not as good as those in Hong Kong. The classes are very crowded and there were no air conditioners. However, the students paid full attention to their lessons even though they were sweating. I really appreciated their attitude.
They didn't ask for a better environment. Instead, they tried very hard to succeed in their studies. Many of them want to support their parents in the future.
During this trip, I really learned a lot and I realised those children will have bright futures as they are hard-working and mature.
It was an unforgettable experience and I encourage teenagers to help the needy and try to put themselves in other peoples' shoes.
Candy Cheng Shun-yin, SKH Chan Young Secondary School
From the Editor
Thank you for sharing your experience with us, Candy. It's a good reminder that we can make a real difference to other people's lives by doing volunteer work. Many of us lead very fortunate lives and it's easy to forget how hard life can be for so many other people who do not have as much as we do.
Volunteering can be a very rewarding thing to do, although it can be difficult if you are working with people who are suffering.
Your story of the students who worked hard even though they had very little is a good lesson for us all to learn.
Working as a volunteer not only helps others but also allows us to get to know ourselves better and become stronger people.
Perhaps some people reading your letter will be inspired to volunteer for a worthy cause.