Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Outdoor Wednesday: Students at Zero Waste
These international students from Korea, Vietnam and China spent the whole of this last Sunday at Okahu bay volunteering as our zero waste educators. Often they went round picking up rubbish that festival goers carelessly throw on the ground.
I was partnering with Lien from Vietnam. She was unfazed by people who dump rubbish at the wrong bins, and she would bent over and reach into the bins to sort the rubbish. I enjoyed the ten hours with her under the hot sun getting to know about Vietnam.
As for the students, they went home tired but happy with priceless experience of sleeping in a marae, enjoying the Maori hospitality and powhiri/welcome and a knowledge of recycling. There will be memories of celebrating our National Day with a difference.
Ka Pai and paki paki Lien, Annabell, Richard and Jay, and their teachers Linda and Kath who brought them.