Dialogue with “Greece of the East”: Jinan Students’ Volunteer Teaching in Bali

Modified: June 2, 2016

Source: International Business School

Author: Liao Rui

Ten Jinan students have joined the university’s volunteer teaching program in Bali, called the “Greece of the East.” To honor their memories of what they described as the “impressive place and people.” Liao Rui, one of the volunteers, has written about their experience there. Here’s part of his recollections.

What struck me most was the pure cobalt-blue sky and ocean, and the unsophisticated local people, who place shrines in front of their houses and pray piously every day.

Teaching Experience

The volunteer teaching program was carried out in a primary school in a remote section of Ubud city. The school has a playground and two rows of residential houses, with six classrooms, one for each grade.

(A classroom in the Bali’s village)

The kids already have all they need: honesty and love. Besides, they can use the world’s most common languages: dance and smiles. Possessing absolute artistic gifts, every one of them has a beautiful voice, and each girl can dance.

(Girls who love dancing)

(Kids studying hard)

On the day we left, we taught the kids in several classes Chinese songs, dances and gave each of them a Chinese name; played games together and watched their joint worship performances; took photos together, and agreed to meet again somewhere in the world.

In our last class, the kids set their desks and chairs in order in the classroom, hung up the transcripts and homework we had assigned, decorated the rostrum with fresh frangipani, and wrote “We love you” on the blackboard in Chinese, English and Hindi.

(The boys who smile often won’t have too bad fortune)

Cultural Shock

Sacrificing to the gods is an indispensible part of local people’s lives. Every family in Bali places a tray in front of its house to show their respect, with incense sometimes burned and fresh petals changed every day.

May the Dedication Spirit Last Forever

The ten of us came here with sincerity and were very touched by a strong sense of love. From my perspective, public welfare programs rely on individual dedication. Like drops of water, if accumulated continuously they can merge into a sea. Such strength will be great enough to change the world, even if just a little.

(The volunteers and kids)