A huge warm welcome to our 13th Global Citizen, Lily Liu.
Lily is 24 and from Shanghai, China and has been working in an International School as teaching staff since she graduated. Lily has recently returned to Shanghai from a volunteering trip to Kibera, Kenya where she taught Chinese and English to orphaned children aged 4-7 as well as teaching them songs and in turn the students taught her the WAKA WAKA.
Thank you Lily for taking the time to share your thoughts with Global Citizens.
What makes you happy?
A lot! I am easy to please.
Travelling makes me the happiest. I can experience the world and meet with different kinds of people.
We can talk together, have fun together and learn about our different cultures.
The kids I taught really liked dancing and the boys like playing football very much, they are fans of Messi and Ronaldo. They were so excited when we bought them a new football! To compare with our city kids, they treasure and cherish things better.
What makes you sad?
I learnt the word ‘farewell’ from my trip to Kenya. It means time to say goodbye.
When we finished the last day teaching in Kibera, Edwardo (one of the teachers) walked us to the broken wooden gate of the school and said to us “See you next year! You will come back right?”
“Maybe” I said.
I know I will miss the children there, but I don’t want to tell a lie. I cannot make any promises for my return.
Maybe is another way to say farewell.
Maybe I can only keep this experience in my memory forever.
What makes you proud?
Now, I think nothing.
I am a small potato in a big world. I am still young and have lots to learn.
What makes you wonder?
Why can’t people just follow their hearts to do something positive for others?
Why do people only do things so they are more famous and wealthier?
Nairobi, where I volunteered, has both slum and rich areas. The poor have no food, no clothes and no security but the rich have more than two luxury cars, live in huge villas and play golf. What a big difference!
I don’t think the kids will remember everything I taught them but we shared our positive power and energy with them and that is just as important.
What does it mean to be human?
I cannot save the world.
We are not all big heroes.
But we can be positive and happy.
We can live in the moment, live for now.
C’est la vie!
How do you feel when you have to say farewell to someone?
When was the last time you did something for someone else?
How would you answer if you were asked?
Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read Global Citizens.
Have a great day.