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Lexi Morgan, 24 years old volunteer from Wisconsin, USA spent time in Thai school doing care project which includes teaching English. With passion and spirit, Lexi has always been volunteering in her community and this time she decides to come to Thailand to volunteer abroad.
“I volunteer often in my community. I also love to travel and knew I needed to go somewhere to volunteer. Teaching is my passion so it was an easy choice to volunteer as a teacher. I have also volunteered in Africa and cherished that experience.”
During her time at the placement, she was working in a school setting with 5 and 6 year olds, teaching English lessons in the morning.
“My typical day consisted of arriving at school during their morning ceremony and pledge. We would often use that time to prepare for our day. Once that was over, the students would come back to the room and their Thai lesson would begin.”
Besides being engaged in teaching English, she also had a chance to participate in Thai lesson. After the Thai lesson, it’s time to review the previous lesson she has taught.
“I would review key English concepts that they have previously learned. We would review the ABCs, but I tried to focus hard on letter identification because they only knew the song and couldn’t tell the letters individually.”
When teaching, it does not always have to be plain because you can include songs, games and activities. Make it fun so the children will enjoy it and love it.
“We also sang a song everyday called Alphardy. This helped the students learn letter sounds.”
The rest of the day’s activity is mostly interesting by some creative ideas/ games she has prepared.
“After letters we ...
Thank you for the donation, Melissa. The children at Baan Klong Hin Daycare Center and teacher will definitely make good use of the educational toys and materials funded by you and family and friends. Also thank you so much for your creative activities and the time you you spent with the children.
Being a professional volunteer with Projects Abroad allowed me to see a side of Thailand that very few outsiders get to experience. It was my privilege not only to work in the schools, experiencing first hand the students' daily struggles to master English, but also to work with and help the teachers through conferences and meetings. My time in the schools was vital to knowing how to advise the teachers with whom I met. I was able to observe the challenges and rewards of daily interaction with the students, which proved essential in my work editing the new Phonics Curriculum. The teachers often are so unsure of themselves, perhaps because of a lack of training in English, but I am sure that the opportunity to work with the volunteers--both professional and teaching--will greatly increase their confidence and improve their teaching. All the teachers that I had the opportunity to meet at the three different schools I visited and the two teacher conferences I attended were extremely welcoming and very open to suggestion. It was very rewarding to learn from these teachers how they implemented new ideas in their classrooms and to collaborate with them on best practices for their students.
My time with Projects Abroad allowed me not only to experience a new cultures through living with my sweet and welcoming host family and using the weekends to explore the many fabulous sights around Krabi, it also gave me the opportunity to grow professionally by working with these teachers and the staff at Projects Abroad to adapt the ideas I use in my classroom and to work on improving the English instruction through the implementation of new curriculum. Working closely with the teachers, staff, and other volunteers was a fabulous experience, and I am very thankful to Projects ...
An interview with our inspiring teaching volunteer from France, Agathe Charbon
M: Why did you come to volunteer?
A: I come to volunteer to take a break from the materialistic and superficial world we are surrounded by. And to bring my help to others; I wanted to stop just thinking of me and to turn to other.
M: What are you planning to do after the project?
A: After this, I am spending time in France by the beach with all my family that I haven’t seen yet. Just relax and enjoy time shared with them.
M: What university do you attend?
A: I attend the ESAG Penninghen, a graphic design school in Paris.
M: What do you study?
A: I study graphic design.
M: What are you working on at your teaching project?
A: I am working on phonetics, vocabulary, adjective and building sentence.
M: What activity did you like the most?
A: I like imitating gestures, playing out experiences. It makes the kids laugh.
M: What is your most memorable experience?
A: I love how the kids are teaching me how to play their games and exchange bracelets.
M: What is your advice to future volunteers?
A: My advice for future volunteers is to plan out your everyday lessons and make sure that the kids enjoy it just as much as you do. Make it fun and be active!
M: What is the funniest situation you experienced in Thailand?
A: The funniest moment is when I would say “Be quiet” to the kids and they would laugh thinking I say “Buffalo”. I only know this later.
M: What do you love most about this experience?
A: What I enjoy the most is that we are independent; we learn new things and are surrounded by a different culture. We meet new people, live in a new place and you learn to GROW.
I am so proud to present a photography sent from the 1st Projects Abroad Thailand Photography Competition of the month of June.
Congratulations Helen Najjar!!
Helen, 18 from United States, volunteered from 20/5/2014 to 7/6/2014 in conservation project in Thailand.