Wayne Hilbert taught math classes on the spur of the moment during a volunteer trip to the Cook Islands, a free association territory of New Zealand.
Smaller children up through eighth-graders played rugby and soccer and got along very well, said Hilbert. Students called him "Papa Wayne."
Some of the volunteers went to a larger school of 500 children, but Hilbert stayed with a smaller group. There was a great need for reading comprehension, and he was able to help raise the level for some from a four to a seven. Each level represents a half-year of school.
Hilbert said it took about an hour to go around the island he was on, and there is a "gorgeous" lagoon.
Another interesting observation was that the children brushed their teeth after each meal.