I was invited by Injaz -a non-profit Jordanian organization with the mission to inspire and prepare young Jordanians to become productive members in their society and succeed in the global economy- to speak to young female students about the concept of volunteering.
The school was located in a very humble neighborhood right outside of Amman. When I was told about the mission, I had little time to prepare the best ways to use the few minutes I have ( 45 minutes ). I wanted to speak about the definition of volunteerism, give examples of volunteering organizations around Jordan, volunteering opportunities for both genders, for different ages, listen to what they have to say, play games tackling several topics such as self-confidence, being a team leader and the willingness to share..but that was impossible to achieve in less than an hour.
35 girls, 7th grade, the mathematics class was replaced with this session, how thrilled would the girls be to EXPRESS? A LOT!
I started with the definition, I gave a humble meaning of what volunteerism means, while the girls gave me much more. The session was beautifully ran by the girls, each one told the rest what kind of voluntary work she does based on the definition we discussed before. The ideas they spoke of were brilliant, the deeds they achieve on daily or weekly basis in their neighborhoods are great, the spirit the was jumping from one student to another while speaking proudly of the work they do was heart touching.
For a minute before the session I thought I knew it all, and they will benefit from my words much more than theirs, but it was the exact opposite. Sometimes just sit back and listen, correct when wrong, hold hands when misguided, but never seal lips or tie legs!