I am from Peru; however; I moved to US in 2001 and I currently live in Irvine, California. I am 38 years old. I am currently working for Deloitte Tax, LLP as a Tax Manager. While I love my work at Deloitte, I always had the passion for teaching, specially little kids. As a result, I made the decision to take few months off from work and do a Sabbatical Program. I have been volunteering for 4 months in various countries and my last program was here in Shanghai. I volunteered at Creativity Kindergarten for 6 weeks. This was the most amazing experience I have ever had in live. I enjoyed teaching the kids at Kindergarten. They are about 4 to 5 years old. The kids were very sweet and I was able to get their love very quick. While I did not have the skills to teach; I truly believe that love for kids make you do amazing things. We had fun with the kids learning English and singing together. I am very grateful for this experience and the names of the kids are sealed in my heart forever.

I also enjoyed my stay in Shanghai, I love the food, the sightseeings and I also enjoyed meeting people from other countries/cultures. We had a good time at the flat and also taking the subway together. Those memories are also in my heart now. And because I love Shanghai so much I am planning to volunteer next year again.

Lastly, I have to thank the organization here, I feel they are my friends now and I want to keep in touch with them. Jane, Athenna, Summer, Angel at Xubo, they were so nice to me and they helped me to have a great experience here in Shanghai. I will miss them but I know we have built a great friendship that will remain even we are so far from each other.

I don’t want to say bye to Shanghai because I know I will come back in the near future. As a result I will say only “ SEE YOU SOON”. SHANGHAI, YOU HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE!!!!!