The rainy season kicked in with full force, with heavy downpours sweeping across southern Thailand. Even the rain couldn’t dampen our spirits as we made the journey over to Takuapa in neighbouring Phang Nga Province to run a teacher training workshop with local teachers. The two days were packed full of activities as we shared methods we use to teach English in our classes with teachers; they were also given the opportunity to practice these techniques themselves and did so enthusiastically. As a ‘thank you’ for our efforts we were all presented with souvenir Takuapa t-shirts and asked to come back later in the year; the whole event was a lot of fun and we’re looking forward to running another workshop soon.
While we were in the area, we also paid a visit to our intern, Liv and the children she works with on her teaching placement at nearby Baan Than Namchai Orphanage and Foundation, set up following the 2004 tsunami to provide support to the community. The visit was, as always, heart-warming and inspirational; the children were happy, affectionate and boisterous, getting volunteers & staff to dance and join in with their aerobics class. Find out more about Baan Than Namchai and the great work they do at www.bnc.or.th/
In June we also had to say goodbye to our interns as they completed their teaching placements after six months with GVI in Thailand. Barbara way up with the elephants in Chiang Mai, Bertam on idyllic Koh Yao Noi, Liv in Ban Nam Khem and Sue in Nakhon Si Thammarat all worked hard and did a great job of representing GVI out in the community and providing much needed English training to locals. Also, after an epic 9 months in Thailand, we had to say goodbye to Lana; she certainly made her mark on her placement in beautiful Koh Lanta, where she was thrown a lavish farewell party at which she performed a traditional Thai dance. Thank you to all our interns for their hard work and enthusiasm throughout their time with us.