I made sure I remember everybody’s name, spell and pronounce it right. All girls showed up but one, whose turn it was not to use the computer today. New volunteer today again, who was late. She didn’t know the address of either my place or the shelter. So I had to guide her. Then she asked more questions than the children. We did Distance activity, which finally worked after we struggled a bit with discontinuing mesh and pointing right computers at each other. We found out that when Distance activity was opened twice, it didn’t work. Everything in that activity was in Vietnamese language, so it was hard for me to tell when to start or stop. And names were changed, so we were not sure whose computer was talking to who? SnowWhite to Princess or Mermaid or Cinderella?
During the class head mistress Yen came in and asked if the girls could write in Vietnamese on their XOs. I said that it is not available now but we will figure it out, but for now they have to use English alphabet only. Girls do not speak English, they only know some words. They can still type as Vietnamese language has latin alphabet base plus some extra symbols.
Then we did Traffic activity. The volunteer had hard time understanding it. I showed my greeting card I created for the girls to wish them Happy New Year, which will be in one week! I asked them to use paint activity to create 5 greeting cards for whomever they want.
They had to add their picture, paint and write wishes. The volunteer asked: “How do they take picture?” I said to her that girls know. Her eyes widened. Then she asked: “How do they add picture to the card?” I said that I showed them yesterday how to do it.
Then she asked about my greeting card that I created: “What is it for? What to do with it?” I answered: “Just to look at, but it is possible to send it by email as well”. Then her eyes widened even more… “It is possible to connect to the Internet with this computer?” I confirmed. She was in shock. I think every volunteer wants to have an XO now.