This might seem crazy, but many students in the United States do jobs without being paid! Yes, they volunteer. And they like it, too! Many girls volunteer to work in hospitals. Other kids volunteer to work at zoos or dog pounds where lost pets are kept. Even though they don’t get paid, they get to spend their day with animals. There’s also a Big Brother Foundation in the US where older kids mentor younger kids and help them with their homework. Maybe you don’t have the same opportunities in China to volunteer as kids in the US have. So be creative! Volunteer to help people in any way you can think of. You can volunteer to help at a hospital, you can help elderly people, or you can volunteer to clean up trash on the ground. Why volunteer? Volunteer work gives you experience. It might help you get a job in the future. Doing volunteer work shows that you care for other people and are generous with your time. Employers like people who do these things. Besides helping you in the future, volunteering also makes you feel happier. Try it! It could be the best improvement to your summer.
I. Words and expressions 1) volunteer n. 志愿者，义务工作者 v. 自愿，做义工 2) pound n. （走失宠物的）认领处for dogs and cats[countable usually singular] a place where dogs and cats that have been found on the street are kept until their owners come to get them
3) foundation n. 基金会 4) mentor v. 指导 an experienced person who advises and helps a less experienced person 5) opportunity n.机会，机遇 6) creative adj.有创意的，创造性的 7) trash n.垃圾 8) experience n.经验 9) generous adj. 慷慨的，大方的 10) employer n. 雇主 a person, company, or organization that employs people: The shoe factory is the largest employer in this area. 11) improvement n. 改进，改良，进步 12) clean up 整理， 收拾1 to make a place completely clean and tidy: We spent all Saturday morning cleaning up.
II. Structure Besides helping you in the future, volunteering also makes you feel happier. 做义工除了对你的未来所有帮助，还能让你感到更快乐。 make sb. do 此结构表示让（或使得）某人做某事，注意make的宾语后 跟不带to的动词不定式。 如： What made you ask that question? 什么使你问那个问题的？ The black T-shirt made him _________ . 那件黑T恤使他看起来很老。 另外，注意feel后面加了形容词happy，因为本句中feel做 系动词，后面跟形容词。常见系动词包括：be, sound, look, smell, taste 等。如： It sounds interesting. 这听起来很有趣。 The fish tastes delicious. 这鱼味道很好。
III. Culture Big Brother Foundation Big Brother Foundation是美国的一个非营利性慈善机构，全称是 “Big Brother Big Sister Foundation”。它是美国规模最大、历史最长 且影响力最大的青年顾问组织，在美国大部分地区都有分支机构。Big Brother Foundation的目的是通过专业支持，帮助孩子充分发挥潜能。 机构中有一项特别的顾问项目，采用一对一形式，在年龄6至18岁之间 的孩子和志愿者之间架起友谊的桥梁，这个项目已有100多年的历史。 如果想了解更多情况，请浏览其网站：http://www.bbbs.org/