Q15 109 our volunteer consuela is an amazing woman

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Our volunteer Consuela is an amazing woman. She has difficulty walking herself, but she doesn t let that stop her. She helps a couple of people with similar difficulties, who had almost stopped walking altogether. By using herself as an example. Consuela encourages them to Q16 walk more and more. Minh visits a young man who lives alone and can t leave his home on his own, so he hardly ever saw anyone. But together they go out to the cinema, or to see friends the young man Q17 hadn t been able to visit for a long time. Tanya visits an elderly woman once a week. When the woman found out that Tanya is a professional dressmaker, she got interested. Tanya showed her some soft toys she d made, and the woman decided to trv it herself. And now she really enjoys it, and spends hours making toys. They’ re not perhaps up to Tanya s standard yet, but she gains a lot of pleasure from doing it. Alexei is a volunteer with a family that faces a number of difficulties. By calmly talking over possible solutions with family members, he's helping them to realise that they aren t helpless, and that they can do something themselves to improve their situation. This has been great for Q19 their self-esteem. And the last volunteer I ll mention, though there are plenty more, is Juba. She volunteers with a teenage girl with learning difficulties, who wasn t very good at talking to other people. Juba s worked very patiently with her, and now the girl is far better at expressing herself, and Q20 at understanding other people. OK, I hope that ’s given you an idea of what volunteering is all about. Now I’ d like ... Q18 SECTION 3 So how are you getting on with your teaching practice at the High School, Joe? Well I've been put in charge of the school marching band, and it s quite a responsibility. I d like to talk it over with you. Go ahead. You d better start by giving me a bit of background. OK. Well the band has students in it from all years, so they re aged 11 to 18, and there are about 50 of them altogether. It s quite a popular activity within the Q21 school. I ve never worked with a band of more than 20 before, and this is very different. I can imagine. They aren t really good enough to enter national band competitions, but they're in a regional one later in the term. Even if they don ’t win, and I don t expect them to, Q22 hopefully it'll be an incentive for them to try and improve. Yes, hopefully. Well, now the town council s organising a carnival in the summer, and the band Q23 has been asked to perform. If you ask me, they aren t really up to it yet, and I need to get them functioning better as a band, and in a very short time. Have you been doing anything with them? Apart from practising the music, I mean. I played a recording I came across, of a drummer talking about how playing in a Q24 band had changed his life. I think it was an after-dinner speech. I thought it was pretty inspiring, because being in the band had stopped him from getting involved in crime. The students seemed to find it interesting, too.
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