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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