Co-curiculum Portfolio by Jacky Han

FSG 112 Co-Curriculum and Leadership Course

(My Journey to Be A Humanitarian  )Student’s Name:Han Chien ChouID Number:209110226Group No.:11Supervisor’s Name:Miss Intan Syahidah ZulkafaDate Due:13th July 2012 (Friday)Date Submitted:

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SAI have included two entries.

üI have included a cover page, which contains student name, student number, group no, date and the name of supervisor.

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üI have included necessary artefacts for both entries and have justified them.

üI have included the Reflection part, Peer/Community Evaluation and my responses to them.

üThis assignment is entirely my own work except where I have duly acknowledged other sources  in the text and listed those sources at the end of the assignment as a reference list.

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Signed: …………………………………………………………

(Han Chien Chou)

Introduction

Albukhary International University,

Jalan Tun Abdul Razak,

05200 Alor Setar,

Kedah, Darul Aman.

Dear readers,

My name is Han Chien Chou and I am now 20 years old. I am from Sungai Ara, Penang, Malaysia. I give myself a nickname call Jacky so that my friends can remember my name better. My family members consist of five. My father is working as a manager in a small company. My mother is taking care of the house. My elder brother is still studying at a college in Kuala Lumpur. My younger sister is studying at Heng Ee Secondary School in Penang and myself. I am the second child of this average family.

My identification number is 209110226 and I am a student from Foundation Study Program in Group 11. I have been studying in this university for 10 months. The reason I come to study foundation in Albukhary International University is to interact with different kinds of people, to improve myself and gain more knowledge.

In this portfolio, there are two activities I have participated. Both activities were proposed by the Student Affair. The first activity was held at the Community Base Rehabilitation while the other one was held in Kampung Tualang. Both activities are service learning and volunteer experience. I am writing this portfolio is to share my knowledge, my experiences and what I have learned in these two activities.

Respectfully,

Han Chien Chou

Student of Albukhary International University

Table of Contents

No.

Title

Page No.

1

Objectives for Entry 1

2

Entry 1- Description

–          Artefacts

–          Justification for the selection of this activity

–          Connections with the objectives

–          Reflection

Objectives for Entry 2

3

Entry 2- Description

–          Artefacts

–          Justification for the selection of this activity

–          Connections with the objectives

–          Reflection

4

Peer’s comment and My Respond

5

Credits/References

6

Conclusion

Objectives for Entry 1

From these two activities, my aim was:

  1. To be more diligent in attend in more community service to contribute others and myself.

  2. To be more open minded in working with others, including locals and foreigners.

  3. To be more sociable.

  4. To be aware of the cleanliness of my surroundings as it will affect everyone health if we do not look after the habitat clean.

  5. To be able to apply my skills and knowledge of working with others and taking care of the environment in the future so that the skills and knowledge I learned will not be wasted.

  6. To be more patient when dealing in any kind of situation and any type of person.

  7. To be grateful of what we have.

  8. To protect and love our nature.

  9. To be a better and knowledgeable person.

  10. To be aware of the people around us.

  11. To be able to help those in needs.

  12. To not be too serious when doing a task.

DESCRIPTION OF ENTRY 1

            The activity I actively participated the cleaning at Community Base Rehabilitation in Bidung, Sungai Petani on April 1st 2012 (Sunday) was proposed by my group leader, Fahmy. The activity began at 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. My classmates and my lecturer, Miss Siti, started our journey to Community Base Rehabilitation with a bus after everyone had their breakfast. The journey took us about an hour and half to reach our destination.

When we reached there, we were separated into 4 groups. Each group had their own responsibility to do their respective job. I was responsible to clean the drain at the car park and the entrance of Community Base Rehabilitation. Before we began our cleaning, we were greeted by the teachers of Community Base Rehabilitation and the children with Down syndrome and introduced to each other. After that, we began cleaning at 10 am sharp. I helped my friends to clear the rubbish in the drain and put them inside the garbage bag. I gave a helping hand to anyone who needs when I pass by such as opening the garbage bag for them to throw the dried leaves and rubbishes in the bag.

After that, everyone, including me, organised a game for the children to improve their motor skills and have fun together. It was fun playing with each other. At 12 noon, we had lunch and talked with the teachers together. I learned that the Community Base Rehabilitation was still short of volunteers such as teachers and staff members. They also need charity funds in order to improve the facilities and to help the special children. After lunch, we brought some of the children to the waterfall at Tupah, Merbok. We play with the water and splash water to our friends. After that, we bid farewell to the teachers and the children at the Community Base Rehabilitation.

The artefacts that I selected showed that I have helped my friends regardless to our different religion and race. I also keep the place clean as keeping the surroundings clean was everyone’s responsibility. Furthermore, I should also volunteer myself to help out for others although it is not my job to do so. In addition we should be patience in any kind of situation. For example, when talking to a child with Down syndrome, we should be calm to wait for their reply as these special children lives in their own world. I should be fair in treating both normal and special children and not judge by their appearances.

From this community service, I learned that there were still a lot of centers that take care and train the autistics and Down syndrome children. We should let other people know that these special children should be treated equally and they should not judge by their appearances. This also makes me realize that I should be grateful of what I have now. I also learned that some work does not need to complete it immediately; I can take a short break to relax myself and continue it later on. I can ask for help from your friends if you need it because friends are meant to help you in times you are in trouble.

ARTEFACTS FOR ENTRY 1

I was cleaning the drain outside the Community Base Rehabilitation.

I was helping my friend opening up the garbage bag.

I am organizing a game for the children with Down syndrome.

A group photo at the waterfall in Tupah, Merbok.

JUSTIFICATION FOR THE ENTRY 1

Among the activities I participated, I choose this activity as my entry because I never have the chance to communicate with autistic and people with Down syndrome. It is also a rare chance that I can get to know how much love and protection and what kind of problem the special children are still facing. I also learned that they have special equipment and classes to aid the special children in their motor skill, communicating and social skills. I also get to see the products made by these special children to raise fund for the center. Lastly, since this is my first time in Kedah, I also get to view the beautiful scenery from the university to the Community Base Rehabilitation in Bidung, Sungai Petani.

CONNECTION WITH THE OBJECTIVES FOR ENTRY 1

From this community service, I was able to achieve my objectives. One of them is to become a sociable person by communicating with different people. It is a meaningful activity as it builds up my social skills. In this service learning and volunteer experiences, it urges me to be more diligent and actively attending more community services. This activity also widens my mind in working and communicating with others, including locals, foreigners and people with Down syndrome. That way it not only helps me to make new friends, it also trains me to be more patience when dealing with a difficult situation or communicating with someone. For example, when you are communicating with an autistic people and children with Down syndrome, you have to be patience as their mind is living in their own world.

This increases my awareness that there are many people with Down syndrome every part of the world. So it urges me to give a helping hand to this kind of special children. Furthermore, we should not demand more and be grateful of what we have as we are able to support ourselves when we grow older. In addition, cleaning up the area of Community Base Rehabilitation also inform me that the cleanliness in my surroundings are important as it will affect everyone health if we do not look after it. During the cleaning, I learned to take it easy and not to strain yourself as it will affect your own health. Throughout the activity, it turns to a better and knowledgeable humanitarian as I understand our cruel reality can be to some unfortunate people. I will attend more campaign on helping the unfortunate people and special children. I am glad that the skill I apply in this community service will help me in the future such as how to communicate with others, how to help the less fortunate people and how to keep the environment clean.

REFLECTION FOR ENTRY 1

            Throughout this activity, I learned that not everyone is fortunate. For example, a boy without legs and a girl with Down syndrome. Every time whenever I see an autistic children or children with Down syndrome, I feel sad and hurt because when they are mixed with the society, everyone will distance themselves from the child. This is because they will label that autistic child as crazy or stupid as they behave abnormal and they could not do simple task or answer simple question. I admit that it is not very easy to communicate with them and I have to repeat the question several times before I received an answer, although the answer does not connect to my question. However, just because their appearance and behaviour is different from ‘normal’ people, everyone should treat the autistic child as the same they treat other people and not to judge a book by its cover. It also makes me angry whenever I saw people teasing or bullying the autistic children.

Although there are many special center where they train and take care of the special children, I can still clearly see that they are still facing 2 major problem; financial problem and shortage of man-power. Since most of the special are non-profit organization, they need to rely on charity and fund raising. Furthermore, not many people are willing to help these special children. This urges me to be always helpful to those who are misfortunate. However, the only thing I can do now is do donate some money and spread the news to everyone so that everyone will be aware and hopefully, they are willing to give them a helping hand.

It is funny to say this but I did learn something in this community service. First, I learned to be more patience while talking to the children. As I mentioned earlier, it is difficult to communicate children with Down syndrome as they live in their own world. However, we still need to be calm and patience to receive their answer. This is also a good chance to practice while dealing with a chaotic situation with a cool head. Second, the cleanliness of the surroundings is very important. If the surroundings were polluted, it could harm our health. So we help them clean the area. I also learned that I should get help whenever I have difficult completing a task and not just force myself to finish it.

I am very happy to each of the special children put on a happy face when we are together. Even when I organized a game (holding a spoon with a marble at the mouth) to improve their motor skills, everyone is laughing and smiling.  After we have gone back to the university, I told myself that when I get back to my home town, I will tell my friends to help the special children at the Community Base Rehabilitation in Bidung, Sungai Petani. Although these are the only thing I can do, in the future, I will devote myself to help these special children. The learning style I apply in this activity is kinaesthetic preferences.

OBJECTIVES FOR ENTRY 2

From these two activities, my aim was:

  1. To be more diligent in attend in more community service to contribute others and myself.

  2. To be more open minded in working with others, including locals and foreigners.

  3. To be more sociable.

  4. To be aware of the cleanliness of my surroundings as it will affect everyone health if we do not look after the habitat clean.

  5. To be able to apply my skills and knowledge of working with others and taking care of the environment in the future so that the skills and knowledge I learned will not be wasted.

  6. To be grateful of what we have.

  7. To protect and love our nature.

  8. To be a better and knowledgeable person.

  9. To be aware of the people around us.

  10. To be able to help those in needs.

  11. To not be too serious when doing a task.

DESCRIPTION OF ENTRY 2

Another activity I actively participated was homestay program in a village known as Tualang Village, Bukit Besar, Kedah. It was a three days two nights stay in Tualang Village. The homestay program began on March 16th 2012 (Friday) and it was proposed by the same person who proposed the community service on April 1st 2012 (Sunday), Fahmy. About 40 students and a number of lecturers took part in this program. We departed from Albukhary International University at 3p.m. and reached Tualang Village at 4p.m.

When we reached there, all of the students were in a group of pair and we were sent to our foster parents. At night, we gathered in a mosque and we began learning to make the ketupat skin. It was very challenging as there is a proper method to create the ketupat skin. After many trials and errors, I finally managed to make some proper ketupat skin. The next day, we played games and attended a wedding at Batu Sebelas, Pulau Ngok in the morning. In the afternoon, the boys cleared the dried woods and planted trees at a graveyard while the girls clean the mosque. In the rainy evening, we tore some old coconut’s husk and extracted its milk using modern technology and traditional tool. We also add glutinous rice in the ketupat and slaughter some chickens. After that, we clean the chickens and cook them.

The final day, the girls are peeling vegetables while the boys are setting up a huge tent and extracting young coconut juice to prepare the Village Ceremony in the afternoon. I helped out by decorating the cucumber skin with a fork. We also helped out making curry. After we had our lunch during the village ceremony, the entire student presented a plant to our foster parents as a token of gratitude for taking care of us. After that, we leaved Tualang Village at 5.50p.m.

The artefacts that I selected showed that I have helped my friends regardless to our different religion and race. I planted a young tree so that it will provide the village some shades and fresh air. . I also keep the place clean as keeping the surroundings clean was everyone’s responsibility.

Through this program, I learned the hardship of living in an environment where there was not much electricity provided as we are living in the era where we are aided with advanced technologies. I am impressed that the villagers were able to support themselves with a little electricity. I felt sympathy towards the poor villagers as most of their occupations were farming and their income was very low. This made me aware that not all people were fortunate and also feel grateful of what we have now. I also learned that some work does not need to complete it immediately; you can take a short break to relax yourself and continue it later on. You too can ask for help from your friends if you need it because friends are meant to help you in times you are in trouble.

ARTEFACTS FOR ENTRY 2

I managed to make the correct ketupat.

I am helping my friend loading the dried tree branches to the lorry.

I am planting a tree near the graveyard.

I am making the curry before lunch

JUSTIFICATION FOR THE ENTRY 2

            The reason I pick this activity was because I would like to share my experience on living in an urban village called Kampung Tualang. It was located in Bukit Besar, Kedah where there is not much electricity provided. I lived together with my foster parents in a traditional house where it was surrounded by trees and plants. The air was much fresher and cleaner compare to my university. Even the air was cool during the night. I also finally got the chance to plant a tree that includes digging a hole and covered it with soil and fertilizer. In addition, I was joyous to see and make tradition food such as making ketupat’s skin from ketupat leaves, tearing old coconut’s husk and extracting the old coconut’s milk powder using traditional method.

CONNECTION WITH THE OBJECTIVES FOR ENTRY 2

During the homestay program, I was able to achieve my objectives. First, I was able to become a sociable person. It is a meaningful activity as it builds up my social skills by communicating with different people. Next, in this service learning and volunteer experiences, it urges me to be more diligent and actively attending more of these helpful programs. Especially cleaning the graveyard and planting some new trees. It not only increase my awareness of the cleanliness of my surroundings, it urges me not protect and love the wonderful nature as it is everybody’s responsibility. If we do not take care of the environment and nature, it will harm us in the future.  Furthermore, I also learned not to take any work too serious; I should learn to relax and rest when I need to.

This program also widens my mind in working and communicating with others, including locals and foreigners. That way I was able to make new friends. In addition, after observing the lifestyles of the villagers, I learned to be grateful of what I have now as I am not as fortunate as them. Also, it makes me aware that many people are still facing poverty problem. This urges me to help those who are in need such as poor families. After the homestay program, I become a better and knowledgeable humanitarian as I understand that people are still facing poverty and it is yet to be resolved. Finally, I am also glad that I learn some communication skill, skills to plant trees and using traditional tools as this skills and knowledge of working with others and taking care of the environment will be useful in the future.

REFLECTION FOR ENTRY 2

Throughout this program, I come to realize that we are still facing poverty problem. Despite the government effort, the issue is not resolved and the problem is increasing as well. Maybe it is because the population of human is increasing every day. Plus, even though I am unable to help them now but in the future, I will create more meaningful jobs to give an opportunity to people who has low income. I am also happy and grateful that I live in an average family with the support of advanced technologies. It must be difficult to live without electricity as we have to use technologies to perform our work.

Although the villagers are not supported with much electricity, the area was clean and fresh unlike in the city. This is because there are not many motor vehicles and more importantly, there are a lot of trees around the village. In the night, the air is very cool and I can sleep without the use of fan.

When I am about to leave Tualang village, I feel very sad to say good bye to my foster parents as they are now like my real parents to me. They also take good care of me and make sure that I am able to live comfortably. I also enjoy making ketupat. Although it is frustrating that I make many mistakes but at the end, I manage to make some proper ketupat out of it. This amazes me that they can fold so many ketupat in one hour. In addition, their living expenses not only come from the crops in the farm, they also earn a living by selling the ketupat. I also had fun decorating the cucumber, removing the old coconut’s husk and extracting its milk. However, the most important lesson I learn in this program is the proper way to plant a tree. I will remember the steps of planting for the rest of my life.

MY RESPONSE TO THE ENTRY OF MY PEER’S EVLUATION

Each entry needs 2 comments, so I have 4 comments together. I would like to thank my 4 friends: Abdul Qahar, Mok Sreysokkanitha, Tsering Dolma and Choesang Gurung who are willing to spend some of their precious time to evaluate my entry.  Now, I would like to give my respond to my peer’s evaluation in my first entry-Community Service at Community Base Rehabilitation in Bidung, Sungai Petani. I am relieved to know that I have meet most of my requirements and to have positive respond. Same goes to my second entry, I receive positive comments and I meet most of my requirements. I am very grateful to my friends as spend their time to check my entries seriously.

CONCLUSION

            After experiencing the two community services that I mentioned in this portfolio, both activities inspire me to become a better humanitarian to the nature and humans just as what my university wanted us to become. I not only learn something new, I also had a lot of fun engaging both of the activities. I was able to improve my handicraft skill by folding ‘ketupat’ leaves during the homestay program in Tualang Village, Bukit Besar, Kedah. I will reflect myself to amend my weakness and strengthen my strong points by reading this portfolio.  In the future, I will take part more services that will benefit the society, the environment and myself.

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