For the past three and a half weeks, I’ve been lucky enough to be volunteering at the Lotus Children’s Center. I’ve been doing a lot of things to help out, such as: teaching kids and staff proper typing techniques, cleaning out computers, installing new software, catching up on a backlog of emails, and other tasks. It’s been a busy few weeks, but I’ve had a blast.
The main reason has been the kids. As short as my time has been there, I have grown really attached to all the little monsters and am going to really miss them. I’m going to miss kids running out to see me as soon as I walk through the gate, yelling at me and asking if it’s their turn to have a computer lesson today (every teacher’s dream, right?). I’m going to miss building Legos with the little ones and watching kids movies in the library. I’m going to miss hugs from Anand, Tuvshnuu calling me a ‘crazy boy’, and all the other little things that make working there such an amazing experience.
For now it’s on to other things. I’m leaving tomorrow to travel to Hustai National Park in an attempt to see a Przewalski’s horse in the wild. Yeah, I have no idea how to pronounce it either. I’m stoked to start the next part of my journey and get back to exploring, but I know I’m going to think back on my time at the Lotus Children’s Center and miss how it felt to be there.
I’m going to miss the awesome staff there (Stanny, Fritz, Suugi, Tom, etc.) and, of course, the kids. Who knows. Maybe some day I’ll make it back to Mongolia and I’ll get to see how the kids are growing up. I can make it a pop quiz and make sure they remember where home position is on the keyboard. =)