As summer holidays approach, SQR is preparing to launch an activity-based summer-camp program.
The program, dubbed SAME, aims to keep young, displaced quake victims occupied while school is out. Camp activities will revolve around sports, arts, music, and English-language learning.
To facilitate the camps, SQR is seeking volunteers who can commit to at least one week of camp leadership. Modules will be planned out for volunteers to follow.
Those with teaching experience who are interested in helping develop the camp curriculum and training volunteers are also welcome.
From their website:
"We are asking volunteers to commit to at least one full week of teaching over the summer, leaving Chengdu on the Sunday, staying in the village teaching from Monday to Friday, and returning to Chengdu on the Friday evening. ... [P]eople of all ages, Chinese and non-Chinese, [are] most welcome. And while teaching experience and some Chinese language skills would be great, they are not necessary. We just need flexible, enthusiastic people who have a sense of humour and are able to live and work under difficult conditions."
From June to mid-August, SQR will hold seven five-day (Monday to Friday) camp sessions. The first session begins this coming Monday, June 29.
Transportation to and from the site, basic accommodation, and meals will be provided by SQR.
Interested parties should e-mail volunteer [AT] sichuan-quake-relief [DOT] org or call 13671212235.
Sichuan Quake Relief came together immediately after the May 12, 2008 8.0-magnitutde earthquake that killed nearly 70,000 and displaced millions more. Since that time it has focused on bringing aid in the form of supplies and activities to quake areas that are overlooked by other aid organizations.