At the beginning of October, I thought that I wanted to do what I seldom do and make this campus life different from ordinary because I was expecting that it was always busy, but we unexpectedly had more free time except for the classes and social events at the university, so I have decided to do something interesting, especially some interesting volunteer activities. Then, I found a good one on the Internet that is called “Lethbridge Family Services.” It is a non-profit organization and mainly for giving supports to newcomers who come from other countries to Canada. On October 6th, I visited a facility of the organization and I registered as a volunteer member. The tasks that interested me most were individual or family matches and conversation circle. I have not experienced the former as yet, but I have taken part in the conversation circle. It is held on Saturday morning every week and many volunteers and newcomers flock together. They are from various countries like China, Nepal, Syria and so on.
When I attended the conversation circle for the first time, I met an elder person who attended it as a volunteer. His name is George and he has experienced in volunteering for many years. On the same day, he introduced another organization to me which is called “International Ministries.” It holds some international activities and events like a potluck party, bible study and conversation class. Actually, I have already participated in these three types of events since the day I met George. In particular, the potluck party was so impressive. The venue was a big church in Lethbridge and there were many participants and staffs (including George). I invited my friend and she brought some cookies, but I did not bring anything because I was expecting that a meal would be served. I met many people who came from other countries and talked with them. Many round tables were arranged in the venue and there were Mexican people at the table where I was sitting. I talked with them about Japan as they said they had been to Japan. I was surprised because they knew a lot about Japan.
My friend’s birthday was in October. I invited her and other friends to my host family’s house and held her birthday party. Then we cooked some dishes such as gyoza, pasta and pizza. She said the food was so good, and she was so pleased with the presents that we gave her. We were pleased, too, because she was happy about that. I hope she will have a good year.
In summary, I feel a little growth of myself every day.