During the first four days, we served at the BRDB-Rotary Children’s Residence. We painted the walls of a room which was to be the infirmary and of the reception area at the entrance to the dormitories. We taught the children lessons (in Mathematics, English, Art and Sports). It was such a joy simply interacting with the children. We saw how content they were despite having gone through so much in their past, and it encouraged us to be just as resilient and carefree as they do.
We also realised how privileged we are here in Singapore, being provided with all the facilities and amenities at the tip of our fingers, which we always take for granted.
Painting the walls was a tougher job and more challenging than we anticipated as there was much coordination and teamwork involved. The process was also rather messy. However, it was so fulfilling to see our work come together at the end of the day. We had the chance to put on the shoes of a painter and of a teacher. These are surely not easy jobs and we have gained a lot of respect for painters and teachers.
For the second half of the trip, we travelled by cable car up to Genting Highlands. There, our instructors set us up on a myriad of unique activities. These involved abseiling, replanting of pitcher plants, and hiking. The hiking part of the trip was especially memorable and was such a good bonding experience for all of us. The instructors were all incredibly insightful and taught us much about the dangers these pitcher plants faced due to rapid urbanisation and economic expansion. We were then given a chance to replant these rescued plants during the abseiling. Despite having a fear of heights, we were grateful for this experience as it taught us be to be more courageous and thankful for the help and insight of the instructors who guided us on the proper techniques of abseiling.