Another week, another AMASE-ing Friday.
Students, volunteers, and teachers gathered again on September 27th for already the fourth session of AMASE.
AMASE volunteer leaders meet after the session to discuss what happened during their classes and with their students.
This week, several volunteers were interviewed about their AMASE experience.
One of the first interviewees was Jiwan Kang, a junior at Lynbrook High School. Jiwan started volunteering at AMASE about three years ago.
Volunteer Jiwan Kang, left, with student Eugene, right.
He says that his main reason for volunteering was that he decided to tag along with his mother, an AMASE teacher, because he didn’t have anything else to do.
Jiwan now helps his buddy David Im learn and apply art skills to make creative and artistic works. He says that although it’s difficult to help David when he doesn’t want to listen, it also helps Jiwan develop patience.
Sarah Park, also a junior at Lynbrook, joined AMASE a year ago. She wanted to apply her art skills, and found teaching children at AMASE to be the right environment.
Volunteer Sarah Park at AMASE volunteer hangout.
Her buddies are Sophia Cho and Dael, and she helps the two young children learn basic art skills while having fun with different canvases and materials.
Sarah wants to learn more teaching skills from being at AMASE. She enjoys helping her buddies learn and wants to continue teaching others through what she learns during her AMASE experience.
Hyejin Ahn, a junior at Gunn High School, started volunteering at AMASE two years ago.
Volunteer Hyejin Ahn, on right, with student Joon, center left.
She wanted to do something art-related, and found that AMASE needed art volunteers to help with the students’ art classes.
Hyejin volunteers with the Matisse class, which is geared toward younger students and the children of AMASE teachers. Her buddy is Lucas Wong, and she says that although it can be tiring to work with energetic and rambunctious kids, she learns a lot from them and feels happy when she is with them.
Samantha Ratanavipupong, also a junior at Gunn, came to AMASE about a year ago. When asked why, she replies that Hyejin told her that she should join.
Volunteer Samantha Ratanavipupong, left, with student Gina, right.
Samantha wants to gain teaching skills and to learn how to take care of children during her time at AMASE. She is in charge of five buddies who rotate between her and several other volunteers throughout the year. Last week, her buddy was Gina Kim.
She says that it can be very exhausting to have to look after many young kids (Samantha is also part of the Matisse class), but in the end it’s worth the good feeling she gets from working with them and teaching them art.