My first working experience in China was coming to an end. I had been working in a primary school for four weeks, teaching English, but since the semester examinations were approaching, there would be no lessons during the last ten days of my stay in Shanghai. So I asked for a new placement, never thinking or hoping that my second working experience would be as fascinating as the first one. A student of medicine had just arrived and I was asked, if I agreed to accompany her in her placement, which would be "Cerecare Center," a Wellness Center for children with Cerebral Palsy (CP - the term refers to a disorder of movement, caused by damage to the motor control centers of the developing brain). At that time, I did not even know what Cerebral Palsy is and I agreed to work with the new volunteer. Something which, during my first day there, I was afraid that I would regret!

I was confronted with an "unknown, special world," a reality with which I was not familiar and which - I thought - would not be able to bear! Having to do with children who can not live a "normal"; life seemed to be beyond my limits. I remember I could not help thinking: "this is too much for me" - trying to help little children do all these common, simple things that we take for granted. We helped them walk, stand, sit, eat, go to bed, dress, play. Things for which healthy children do not have to struggle! I was almost in a state of shock, trying to hide the tears that were coming to my eyes, feeling lost, confused and helpless, until I had to remind myself that I was there to help! So I somehow started to "function" in this new world, trying my best to do what I was asked for – which, to be sincere, was not really much, because the staff were too kind to let us get too tired! But once you get there and you get to know the children and have feelings for them, you find yourself wanting to do more and more! You can not stop thinking of ways to make them have fun, singing and playing with them or teaching them English words. Every afternoon, we had a break form 12:00 to 14:00, when the children would have their nap and although in the first days we would use this time to rest (something, which was not really necessary, we were not tired), as the days went by we would use this time to prepare a game for the children. During one of those breaks we made some "puppets" out of color paper and chopsticks! I remember myself, hidden behind a small, portable blackboard, moving these "puppets" for the teaching game we had thought of. I could not see the children's faces, but I could hear them laugh - and at that magical moment, this small room had become the whole world! No words can express what you feel, when you know that you can offer those children some nice moments. A small "piece of you" that you give them, as tiny as it may be, gives back an enormous reward, a unique feeling of doing something so precious, so worthwhile!!