On day 3, students began their itinerary with a visit to Ren Ai Old Folks home. Their visit consisted of 3 key parts:
- Hands on cleaning of the facilities
- Interaction with the residents
- Performance for the residents
Both the old folks, as well as the students gained from this experience. The old folks were provided with entertainment in the form of dancing and singing, verbal and non-verbal interaction with the residents while participating in arts and crafts, and an overall improvement in living condition cleanliness. The students found purpose in helping others that may often be neglected, and were given a new appreciation for their personal situations.
During reflections, many students found the visit to be relatable to their grandparents situations, where coming to visit them in a nursing home was the highlight to their grandparents’ week, or sometimes even their month. The personal connection added an even deeper meaning and understanding to the purpose of the visit.