By Ana Villada
Being able to visit a nursing home in Beijing, China was a heart warming experience. We arrived at the facility where our class was split up into small groups, giving us the opportunity to visit the residents in their rooms. I meant the sweetest ninety-year old woman, and sat on the bed with her while she laid. I wont ever forget how she looked at me while patting my back and at times holding my hand. I was honored to be in her presence and thankful to bring a smile to her face. Many of us thought of this service project as a humbling experience and were touched.
Next, our study abroad group put on some performances! We sang, danced, laughed, and overall hoped to bring love to this facility. A team of us including me did a salsa dance to a song called Bailando in hopes to liven the room. The residents were happy to interact with us and would clap to the music. We also prepared dumplings for the facility and I enjoyed learning the technique to make them. Lastly, we tried our best to make origami flowers for the residents. As we left our group got into a circle and we were able to share our experiences with our volunteers and nursing home coordinator.