Thursday, September 4, 2008

Soccer as Language

Having just returned from a recent trip to Romania with the Summer Missions Program (SMP), Justine Andrade ’11 says, “[The trip] was an amazing experience. It was hard witnessing some of the injustices the kids we worked with underwent, but watching some of them thrive despite that was a real encouragement. Not being able to speak the language was also difficult—especially for me, because I am not very good with languages—but the kids just sort of talked anyway and assumed eventually you would get what they were saying. And speaking isn’t the only sort of language you can use to communicate. A lot of the kids just wanted someone to sit and listen—whether you understood or not—or to hold their hands or to play soccer, even if you were probably the worst soccer player they’d ever met.”

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