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GVI have been putting skills and knowledge into the hands of the communities of the Ao Luk and Takuapa Districts, Thailand for nearly 7 years. This has been achieved by providing free English classes and volunteer teachers for Primary and Secondary schools, non-formal education centres and community based organisations. To expand on this work, we have led several successful workshops for local teachers, training them in the techniques we use to teach English. This enables us to ensure the work we are doing is sustainable and is illustrated by the successful completion of our objectives in Ao Luk with former students becoming teachers and leading free English classes themselves.
In 2012, GVI moved to the Takuapa District to support English language education in a new location. During 2012, the ASEAN Economic Community, which uses English as it’s official working language, declared 2012 as ‘The Year of English Speaking.’ As a member country, Thailand is therefore in need of developing the overall level of English of the populous. English language ability, particularly in more disadvantaged communities, remains low. The tourism sector is one of the largest industries in Southern Thailand and as English is one of the most widely spoken languages, it is essential that Thai communities have a good working knowledge of English in order to reap the economic benefits.
Over the course of the past 3 years, we have successfully trained over 50 teachers from over 35 schools in the Takuapa and Ao Luk districts in Southern Thailand. The teachers who participated in the workshop now feel more confident to use different teaching techniques in their English language lessons, which in turn will enable them to teach more effectively. This will ultimately contribute to higher levels of English language abilities in the communities we work with. It is only with the generous funding support of our donors that has enabled us to achieve this success!
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Since our move to Phang Nga, the TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) program has developed a strong partnership with the Non Formal Education Centre in Takuapa. We've taught over 50 students here, as well as providing bespoke English language support to several community initiatives including the Saori Centre (a textile design Women's Workshop) in Takuapa.
Below is an blog exert from Amy Hickie – a recent TEFL project volunteer on her experience:
"During this week, I have had the pleasure to work one to one with one of the students from the community, who is the sweetest most wonderful lady I have met in Thailand. The experience was great. Dang, 58, was so grateful for me to give her a one to one session that she bought me the biggest and most delicious bunch of bananas I have ever laid eyes on! For you westerners, bananas DO have seeds! The ones you buy from the supermarket are genetically modified to contain zero seeds and are larger than they should be!"
Below is a photo of Dang receiving her teaching certificate.
Thank you for supporting these teachers in Thailand and we look forward to bringing you more stories in 2014!
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In early 2013 our GVI Thailand hub reopened in the Ban Nam Khem village of Phang Nga. Staff and volunteers have been working with a whole new range of schools and partners to provide support in TEFL and teaching as well as new initiatives of health and conservation. The project hub is located in a low income fishing community. The local schools are weak in education and students particularly test low in English. Teachers here heavily rely on foreign assistance to teach English at their schools of often no English is taught as the Thai teachers don’t have the English language or confidence to pass spoken English on to their students.
Through future trainings for teachers and our local partners in the region GVI staff and volunteers will be able to provide much needed support and professional development in a fun and supportive environment. We hope that these opportunities will inspire Thai teacher to experiment with more student centered teaching methods and bring more English into their classrooms to provide their students with skills that will greatly benefit their education and career in the future.
Please stay tuned for news of more training and charitable projects at our new home in Phang Nga!
Assistant Director of programs
Our volunteers work alongside other communities outside of Baan Nam Khem.........
About a month ago whilst the volunteers and staff of GVI were planning for another action packed day either at the local school, the orphanage ,the social centre or national park, we were approached by a Thai lady called Kanya who had heard that we were volunteer teachers working currently with Baan Than Nam Chai. She introduced herself as one of the managers of a primary school in Kapong (about 40 km away) called Yaowawit school. The school is a boarding school that was primarily set up after the Tsunami and has continued to run up to now. The students of the school are usually from dysfunctional families that would struggle otherwise to ensure their children receive an education.
The school is currently in financial difficulty as their main sponsor can no longer support them after June this year. The school are looking for long- term volunteers to live and work at the school.....in particular English speaking volunteers to help teach and look after the students. GVI Phang Nga will continue to help where we can by supporting English camps and teacher training camps in the future and to keep up a relationship with the school and its founders.
The training began at 9am after a coffee when we arrived and was kicked off with a series of warmers to get the teachers in the mood. Teachers in Thailand are now required to attend English camps as part of the 2015 ASEAN (association of south East Asian nations) initiative of which English is the common language. The training was aimed not only at improving the teachers English but also at giving the teachers ideas for activities and teaching methods within their own classrooms. Each volunteer had taken the lead role for a section of the day and this seemed to work really well after we established that perhaps splitting the groups up would be a far more effective way of doing the training. The teachers were all very enthusiastic and didn’t need much encouragement when it came down to competitive games. Over the next 2 days volunteers were able to enjoy vegetables from the garden as part of their lunch and wonderful views from the school looking out over dense forest and mountains. The training was lead by teaching volunteers on a rotational basis and upon request a ‘songs and chants’ theme was the focus during the last session on the final day. The teachers that completed the 3 day training were awarded a certificate of completion and this of course was the initiator of ample photo taking. Unfortunately during all the excitement we did not get a group photo of everyone together but I’m sure and I hope that there will be another opportunity to work alongside these people again in the not too distant future.
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