Integrative Cultural Research Project: Reflective Essay
Spearman, Corey Michael
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The Beijing Chaoyang Mentally Retarded Children Rehabilitation Center frequently accommodates weekend volunteers, however rarely are they assisted on a daily basis during normal working hours. Thus, a model for my role as an intern had not yet been developed by the Center. Fellow Kalamazoo student Kate Lee and myself in cooperation with the Center's manager, Yang Yuhua, set out to formulate an internship framework that would not only meet Kalamazoo College ICRP requirements, but also provide a fruitful and enjoyable experience. Originally we had planned a three-week work period, Tuesday thru Friday between the hours of 9 AM and 4PM, equaling 25 hours per week with a grand total of 75 hours. Again, because of the early Chinese New Year, we were forced to reduce this plan to a two-week work (January 2, 2001 -January 12,2001) period totaling 50 hours. My main role as an intern was to assist other staff members with the daily tasks of caring for students enrolled at the Center. A large amount of my time was spent in one-on-one sessions with students. These one-on-one sessions included such things as speech drills, reading drills, physical exercise, playtime, and eating.