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.


Dave said...

Well done Ann and your guest-friends. You all did a great job. Glad you enjoyed Waitangi Day. - Dave

Carol said...

Sounds like a great, exhausting, experience for everyone.

Ginny Hartzler said...

What dedicated volunteers. But how ironic that people would throw trash on the ground at a zero waste festival! Guess they just didn't get the point?

Ensurai said...

That's an excellent way of serving the community and getting to know some one! 10 hours!! wonderful volunteerism.

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

I commend you for makin' a difference in the lives of your students and the world.

What a wonderful experience for everyone.

God bless ya and have an extraordinary day sweetie!!!