Before joining my company, I knew it had a Social Promise component that involves granting educational access to people around the world. That made it unique to me, and since I’ve worked here, I’ve heard great things from people who previously went on the trip. This year, I finally had the chance to be part of it. The experience exceeded all of my expectations and seeing our impact in action, as well as meeting so many wonderful people, really touched my heart. I’ve put together this photojournal to share some of my favorite moments from an unforgettable trip.
After our plane landed at 8 AM, we hopped right onto a bus and headed straight to Agbakope to visit the first school. Waiting upon our arrival were a group of children with the sweetest smiles I’ve ever seen. The collapsing chapel in the background of this picture was their old classroom.
The staff from Pencils of Promise escorted us around the new school and invited us into the classrooms to observe the lessons. Although the children were interested in their visitors, they still participated in class, and encouraged each other, clapping and cheering with joy every time a classmate got an answer right. Then, the staff from Pencils of Promise explained the thorough process of how they decide to build schools in specific communities – these communities are usually picked because every member is willing to help with the children’s educations however they can.
Teachers usually start off the class with a morning icebreaker. They encourage the students to gather around and sing, clap, and tell each other what they did the night before. This exercise is meant to help improve the students’ social skills and build in them a sense of belonging to the group.