Unblind Tibbin’s passion for African history was a driving factor in his decision to volunteer in Cameroon. Working with high school students there, he found that teaching them about their rich history and heritage was not only empowering but helped break some of the barriers preventing them from learning.
“What touched me most was how engaged the students, and their teachers, were in learning,” he says. “I was also very touched by the friendships and connections I made there.”
Unblind, who now works with incarcerated youth in Toronto, says he has had to rely on many of the motivational and relaxation skills he learned while teaching in Cameroon to help the troubled youth.
He recalls his experience in Cameroon as one in which he learned as much as he taught.
“International volunteering is not only about teaching what we know; it’s as important for us to be able to learn from those we help. That’s how we can break stereotypes.”
Unblind’s commitment to volunteering did not end in Cameroon. He now volunteers with after-school programs to teach African youth in Canada about African culture. He also gives his time to arts, poetry and theatre programs for youth.