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  • Writer's pictureAlison Willis

Heeding the Call

In 2009 I volunteered at an AIDS orphanage in Johannesburg as part of my Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, partnered with a child whom I would tutor once a week. Initially, the little girl would tear pages out of books and hide when it was time to read. But rather than forcing her to catch up to the level of her peers, I taught her the alphabet and step-by-step-by-step we went from letters to words to sentences. It was incredibly humbling to help an underprivileged child learn such an essential life skill. Now, 10 years later with my bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, an undergrad, work experience and a lot of introspection about what truly matters to me, I have heard the call to become a teacher and, I have listened.


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