We hope that your international volunteering placement was challenging and exciting. We are sure that you learnt a lot about yourself, about other people, and about the host country. During this time of personal growth, you should really reflect on your experience.
According to Johnson (2015), “Reflection is about taking the time to consider and ponder an experience (whether that be with a person or a book or a lecture or an event). The word itself combines two words, “re” which means ‘back’ and ‘flexion’ which means ‘to bend.’ Together, the word literally means to bend back. So, instead of moving forward first, when you reflect, you’re bending back in time to consider what happened or what you read or heard or experienced.”
“Reflection is a crucial part of community service, which allows volunteers to look back on, think critically about, and learn from their service experience. Reflection may include acknowledging and/or sharing of reactions, feelings, observations, and ideas about anything regarding the activity.” (Northwest Service Academy, n.d.)
There are many benefits to reflection which are listed below (adapted from Northwest Service Academy, n.d.):
All tasks are compulsory in order to successfully complete the course. Your answers must be a minimum of 200 words and a maximum of 500 words.
Think of three achievements gained and three challenges experienced during your volunteer experience and describe them below.