Between my wife and I, we made three trips across town (Portland, OR is not small) to take our exchange student to her TOEFL test and to her weekly volunteering at OMSI. Also, our exchange student insisted that I write that I shared my Thai salad roll with her at dinner.
Last winter, when our exchange student wanted to volunteer at OMSI, the science museum, my wife and I had a choice. We could have said ‘no’, because logistically its a long way to go to get to the museum. But instead we said ‘yes’, because there was an opportunity.
And ever since, my wife and I have been driving her to OMSI every Saturday. The interesting thing is that its been anything but a hassle. During the drive, we get a chance to talk about life and future, kids, school, and even the weather. We’ve also learned about some secrets at the science museum. She’s learned a lot about having a regular non-school commitment, made some friends, built her resume, and has even got to overcome a few fears by holding a rat and a snake. It’s been a win-win.
An open mind opens doors to opportunity. And giving your time can keep that door open.