GWEN AND GRETA BINDLEY Discuss Volunteering in Kenya

Greta:

Q. What kind of art do you like to make? (Draw, paint, make things out of clay, etc)

A. I will make anything! Just being able to make things and use my creativity is what I love. Art is one of the only places you can really be unique and put your thoughts in your work. Of course that happens in writing too so I also love to write.

Q. What act did you perform for the talent show?

A. In the talent show played on my guitar and sang to “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz. I was so nervous but pulled it off.

Q. What did you learn while in Kenya?

A. I learned that I should be grateful for everything I have. I shouldn’t take anything for granted. I also learned about the cultures in Africa.

Q. How long were you in Kenya?

A. 10 days

Q. Do you have any plans to go back to Kenya?

A. I would love to go back to Kenya when I am older! Right now I think I need to sit back and take it all in. Kenya would be an experience I would like to relive.

Q. Do you plan to volunteer anywhere else?

A. I don’t have any plans to volunteer somewhere else but I would love to!  We did take a tour of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, but they told us we have to be 14 to volunteer.

Q. How long have you played Guitar for? What is your favorite song to play/sing?

A. I have played guitar for about 2 years. My favorite song to play/sing would probably “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz.

Q. How long have you played basketball?

A. I have only played basketball for a little over half a year. I love basketball so much!

Q. Do you like math? What is your favorite subject?

A. I love math! I get to challenge myself and make mistakes that I can learn from. My favorite subject is probably art. Just sitting with a ball of clay, a pencil, a marker, a crayon, a pastel or paints is a lot of fun!

Gwen:

Q. How long have you played the piano for? What is your favorite song to play?

A. I don’t play piano any more because I didn’t really like it. I am really excited about the basketball season, though. I have been practicing with my grandpa all summer.

Q. How long have you played volleyball?

A. This is my first year playing volleyball and it is pretty fun.

Q. How long were you in Kenya?

A. I was in Kenya for about 2 weeks. It was an amazing experience! The children were so sweet and were never frowning, even though they didn’t have the best life, while we take a lot of things for granted.

Q. Do you have any plans to go back to Kenya?

A. If I could go back to Kenya I definitely would. I want to be a doctor (or a vet) when I grow up, so I will probably go back with my degree and help them.

Q. What did you learn while in Kenya?

A. In Kenya I learned how much we actually have. I felt guilty because I have so much while they go to bed starving every night. I learned more from the children than the children learned from me, surprisingly. I also learned to be happy with the life I have because any kid in Africa would dream to have a life like us. I learned that I do want to go back and help. This trip was breathtaking. The whole time I felt like I was riding on an emotional roller coaster through the slums of Africa, but I will never forget this incredible experience.

Q. Do you plan to volunteer anywhere else?

A. Yes, I plan to volunteer at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital to help with the children, but I’m not allowed to volunteer until I am 14. I also plan to volunteer at the Arizona Animal Welfare League. I did a camp there once and enjoyed it, but I want to do more than just do a camp because I absolutely love animals.

Q. How long have you played soccer? What position do you play?

A. I have been playing soccer for 3 years. I played when I was little, but I hated it. I tried it again and each year I loved it more and more. I play forward because I love scoring goals.

Q. What kind of art do you like to make? (Draw, paint, make things out of clay, etc)

A. I love doing all kinds of art, but I prefer drawing and painting. When I came home from Africa I really enjoyed painting the animals I saw.

Q. What act did you perform for the talent show?

A. At the talent show I wrote a poem that rhymed about school to the whole Middle School (grades 5-8). I love making people laugh, so I made my poem super funny.

Gwen and Greta are 6th graders at Phoenix Country Day School

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