I taught a woman to read. She was 36 years old and she confided in me that she couldn't read, so I taught her. It was very rewarding. The experience with her inspired me to start teaching adult education classes. I got into HIV/STD education, but it was that experience that inspired me to teach adults.
thats really neat. It must be hard to teach adults, without them getting emberassed. I used to clean houses for elderly people, and sometimes I had to help them with stuff, like....flushing the toilet. cuz thier hands woudlnt do it, arthritis and such, and its hard to do these things that a person knows they should be able to do, without them loosing their sense of dignity.
I taught her one on one. She didn't want to disclose this information with many people, but I taught my STD classes for a non-profit organization in my town. It is rewarding teaching anyone, I just have a knack with grown-ups.
I modestly say Helping different people. I also do a lot for my students outside the classroom. I've taken a student to the housing office and spoken to the Housing Officer cos she had probs - she was given accommodation. I've taken a student to the job centre, who was interviewed briefly over the phone and got the job. I would pick up a heavily pregnant student up in my car on my way to work.... the list is endless - but its a Joy.
I'm not sure anything I've ever done/been has inspired anyone else to do/be the same; but I do know that being a kind person has resulted in having children who grew up to be kind people. That may have to do as far as my "inspiring" anyone else goes. The world has three more kind people in it now - so that's better than nothing (as far as "inspiring" goes), I guess.
It is, but it is rewarding to help out other kids too. I respect your love for the child. It is the stuff that makes us look at the world and see what we can do for kids, then do it that really matters. I have sponsored an eighteen year old student who lived with us, then twenty years later took on a little boy from China. Fortunately my family was very inclusive and both boys have gone on to do big things. I think my selfishness helped me a lot. I do love people to love me!