I love volunteering at AWANA's Trek program because I connect well with the kids, and I have an opportunity to make a positive impact in my student's lives. I just wish that the program had more funding so that the kids could have all of their materials, ETC.
Typically, we meet with the kids and open up the evening in prayer. We go around the circle talking about the high points and low points of our week, then we move into the evening's lesson before ending the night with a fun, active, and interactive activity.
I've learned to appreciate the role of a mentor more because I've seen how much the kids look up to us and actually consider and apply the formal and informal things that we teach them. My wife and I are the assistants to the main instructor, but we all play a part in managing the classroom, however we all answer to the on-site Program Director; a very understanding and committed woman whom shows sincere concern for these kid's wellbeing.
I love my co-workers because we support each other in and out of the classroom, and we are constantly learning from each other.
The hardest part of the job was thinking of creative ways to keep the kids coming back each week, but that became the least of our concerns, with time, because the kids loved being there with us, and it felt like being with family.
I enjoyed teaching my kids how to be critical-thinkers and to use good judgement, the most.