"Excuse me, can my child come to participate in the volunteers' activities?" As soon as summer vacation started, the volunteers association in Jiangdong district received calls from parents, inquiring about the possibility for their children to participate in volunteer activities. A staff member of the association said that, with the awareness of social service greatly strengthened, more and more Ningbo kids are joining the rank of volunteers.
One parent said in the phone that kids nowadays have a quite well-off life but do not have any sense of social responsibility; many of them only ask their parents for things without knowing what they should do to repay, so she hoped her child can do some volunteer work so that he can acquire some sense of social responsibility and gratitude.
Teacher Yuan of the association said that, before, parents were more concerned about the kids' academic performance at school, without much attention to their social practice. But it is in such experiences as social service that can bring them a sense of satisfaction that is identified with their counterparts. From this perspective, volunteer work is not only suitable for university students but also middle and primary shool kids. Though it is regulated that only those above 18 can be volunteers, teacher Yuan thinks it the best way to cultivate good future volunteers to develop and spread the idea of volunteer service early in people's life.
However, the present volunteer projects and carriers are not really suitable for middle and primary school kids, or they do not appeal to them.
It is learned that the volunteer association in Jiangdong district is exploring the possibility to develop more volunteer programs suitable for different age groups so that more teenagers can find the proper programs for themselves.
It is learned that, this summer vacation, the Jiangdong association has come up with 3 volunteer projects specially designed for young kids. One is "Game Caravan for the Public" for young volunteers to learn public social norms and civilized behavior while they entertain themselves. Another is referred to as "Green Ribbon", in which young volunteers are given "green seeds" for them to grow and take care of and, once the seeds have grown into plants, they can be sold for charity or donated. The other is for the kids to visit retired people with special experiences to help record their past or to help them to store their old pictures into computers as albums. Kids who are interested in these activities can call 87978721 for more information.