Light of Love is a student organization dedicated to improving health and education for underprivileged populations in China. For more information about them, please visit here.
In April, 26 new members joined Light of Love, which brought new blood to us. The team became larger and larger, including the 9 principal members that joined the team last year. In order to help members know each other well and enhance the cohesion of our team, we held a training themed “ice-breaking trip”. The training began with interactive games.
Before the activity, everyone needed to sign up and write his or her name on a sticker. Then they put the sticker on their left arms so others could see.
The first game was called “Name Relay.” The member needed to repeat other members’ names before him or her. The purpose of the game was to help members remember each others names and be familiar with each other. Finally with the help of each other, no one was punished. When the last member spoke out all the names of members before her, we all applauded for her excellent memory.
The second game was “Emotional Virus.” The game shows that a sad virus was easily infected by happy virus, and it is the same for happiness. Therefore we should have happy hearts and spread happiness to others.
The third game was “Hold Dreams for 10 Minutes.” We wrote down a dream on a piece of paper and lifted our arms with the dream paper for 10 minutes. The game helped the members understand that dreams are not just dreams in our mind, we need to fight and persevere for them. What’s more, when you feel tired, you will find you are not the only one on the way to your dream, you have teammates who you can you rely on and share the difficulty with you. The role of teammates is power of friendship.
The fourth game was called “stone to make soup.” The purpose of the game helps teammates know the personality and ideas of each other and enhance the communication between the old members and the new ones. Though we played the game many times, we had a different understanding about the game every time we played. Everyone’s idea was different with each other, so when we were listening to others, we learned a lot from them. We need learn from each other, and make progress together.
The last game, initiated by brother Chao was “driving blind cars.” One member pretended to be a car and closed his eyes, the other commanded his teammate and made sure that they would not run into other cars. When the game was over, members talked about their feelings and thoughts, which made the game more meaningful.
When all the games were over, we wrote down our wishes on the wish wall, which recorded our wishes for ourselves, our team and the children over there.
When the training was finished, a warm song named “The Best Future” came on. Though not everyone was familiar with this song, the devout attitude on everyone's faces touched me. Seeing their sincere faces, I believe that Light of Love will have a bright future.
Original Article translated by Shishi Ma, edited by intern Kaitlyn Cheung.
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