Global Youth Service Day

Betcha you’ve never heard of it. I hadn’t. And if you have, that’s great! Did you do anything for it? Did anyone you know do anything?

For those of you who have indeed never heard of the mysterious Global Youth Service Day, allow me to enlighten you.

Global Youth Service Day is exactly what it sounds like: youth service on a global level within a (2) day period. As the almighty Wikipedia puts it:

“Global Youth Service Day is a coordinated annual event which gathers young people around the world in conducting community service, service learning, and youth voice activities that benefit their communities, their countries, and the world.”

YES Abroad encouraged us to participate in Global Youth Service Day. I thought that it probably was a good idea, but I had no idea what to do for it. This year it was April 15-17.

And that’s where Isabella  saved the day. She is another YES Abroad Ambassador and lives an hour away from me.

She messaged me and asked me if I wanted to come to a pesantren, or Islamic boarding school, with her and teach English on April 16.


So we did.


Isa getting the boys to talk.

We taught them numbers, number combinations, how to tell the time, greetings, colors, and “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” in English.

The girls and I.

Unfortunately, not a lot of the pictures my host mom took turned out because I left my camera on manual focus. So 90% are blurry (and the rest are on this post haha).

It was good being able to teach the students at the school for Global Youth Service Day. I enjoy interacting with the youth. Most of them are extremely shy (as in hiding their faces when I tried to talk to them), so it very much a lesson in figuring out how to engage them each time we talk.

Group photo!

Peez out.


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