Nuufou Baptist Church in Samoa is starting a Primary School in 2018. They will start with Year 1 and Year 2 classes. This is a culmination of their successful Pre-School programme, which they started as a local church missions’ initiative.
They are asking for help from volunteer teachers and for other resources for the new school. They can provide accommodation for volunteers able to help for periods from 6 months to a full year.
I have now been in Singapore for over a year, and one of the things I have enjoyed the most is learning about the different cultures that surround me. I have visited the Malay heritage centre, Indian heritage centre, eaten Peranakan food and made mooncakes. All these cultural experiences and conversations about culture have lead me to reflect on my journey of understanding culture.
Despite growing up in a multi-cultural community where I learnt Maori at school, I didn’t really come to understand about language and culture until I was an exchange student in the USA. During my year away I saw that although I could communicate in English, it didn’t mean the American person I was speaking to understood what I was saying in the same way that I did. I realised that those who learn the language of a culture actually learn about the culture at the same time.