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By: Rebecca Katrine Porter
My two months at Projects Abroad has been a very interesting experience! I have tried to work in a few different places, because of the holidays in October. Therefore I have been on a military camp that only lasted one day, the English Fun Camp that lasted for two weeks, and at last from November, I have been working on my Care Project at Baan Koh Klang School.
It has been interesting to experience the contrast between the English Fun Camp with Projects Abroad staff members, and being at an actual school. The English Fun Camp was with every child who wanted to come and learn English from the age of four up until around 12-years-old. They were quite good at English and were also willing to learn more. The teachers were the staff members and the volunteers of Projects Abroad. The fact that all of the volunteers worked together at the camp made the experience a lot more fun, because we got to know each other better in that way, could share the experiences together, and could also learn from each other by watching how we interacted with the children.
Working on the Care Project at the school was therefore a very different experience. While the English Fun Camp was very relaxed about what clothes we wore and so on, the school wanted more suitable clothing. The children at the school did not know a lot of English, and neither did the teachers. If they wanted to tell us something they would use their dictionary to find the exact word, or otherwise we would all just laugh about it.
The biggest difference between the school system in Thailand and the school system at home in Denmark must be the way of teaching the children how to behave. They are stricter with the children if they have forgotten their book at home, are fighting, or are ...
By: Marius Wilch
The most common turtle found in Thailand is the green turtle (Chelonia mydas). With a length up to one metre and weighing between 130 to 160kg, they are the biggest hard-shelled sea turtle around.
What makes the green turtles unique to other turtles is that they are herbivores. Other turtles enjoy a variety of crabs, molluscs, squid, jellyfish and other soft bodied animals. Furthermore their jaws are so powerful you could easily lose a finger when touching them, so better leave them alone and watch them from a distance.
They can get to about 100 years old and it takes them 20 to 50 years just to reach sexual maturity. This is a huge problem because there are so many dangers to them on their way to and through the sea.
Turtles face many dangers, from when they are still in eggs up until and after they start swimming in the ocean. Turtle eggs are poached for food in some countries. As the gender of a turtle is decided upon heat factors, because of global warming more female turtles are hatched.
Every year, thousands of baby turtles are seized by boarder control are the way to being smuggled out. Once in the ocean, turtles are in danger of getting stuck in fishing nets, propellers from boats can cause them injury and even death. Turtles are also prone to tumours, which scientists believe might be caused by the increasing pollution levels in the ocean. Another topic is plastic and microplastics, which they eat with their food or instead of it, and that affects their health dramatically.
So, what can everybody do to help? Here are five things that can be done to minimise the dangers that turtles face:Because sea turtle hatchlings use light and reflections from the moon to find their way to the sea, artificial lights on the beach irritate them ...
By: Edna Asciutto
Going to four different English camps was a very enjoyable and interesting experience. I learnt a lot about my teaching and what are better solutions for handling different situations.
The first camp was really fun. The children were really small and were nervous to meet the foreigners but got used to me as the week went on; it was really fun teaching as the children engaged with the different activities.
The second camp was also good. There were fewer children in comparison to camp one, but you could help individual children and meet their needs more by explaining in different ways if they didn’t understand anything.
The third camp was at the military camp. I was nervous to teach because I didn’t what to expect but it was really fun. I taught directions and transportation four times and learnt a lot from this about the most efficient way for teaching a particular area.
The fourth camp was interesting but it was difficult at times as in the beginning I didn’t know the level of the group, but adapted each activity. This enabled me to help children who were struggling as other children were more advanced.
Overall, the English camps helped to develop my skills and my confidence to teach. They were all very enjoyable and different and I have gained a lot from this experience.
My Projects Abroad Experience
I’ve enjoyed every moment volunteering for Projects Abroad. When I first arrived I was really nervous but was welcomed by my host family. My family has been amazing, they are amazing people and I am very lucky that I was chosen for this family. They helped above and beyond and always have made me smile.
Working with Projects Abroad has been an experience of a lifetime. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable, always ...
By: Maheva Bravo
Depuis longtemps j’avais pensé à participer à un projet humanitaire. Je me suis renseignée pendant longtemps, mais la plupart des organismes proposaient de travailler en orphelinat ou de donner des cours à de jeunes enfants. Cette idée ne m’attirait pas à outre mesure. Puis pendant mes recherches, j’ai découvert le site internet de Projects Abroad. Cela a été un coup de foudre, particulièrement le côté environnemental. C’est ainsi que j’ai décidé de me lancer dans la « Marine conservation » en tant que volontaire avec Project Abroad. Cependant j’ai beaucoup hésité sur la destination de ce projet tant espéré.
La Thailande m’a paru être le choix le plus approprié car je souhaitais découvrir ce pays depuis longtemps.
Ainsi trois jours après la fin de mes examens finaux, je m’envolais pour la Thailande. Le voyage fut long. Après 16 heures de vol, 3 avions différents, j’arrivais enfin à Krabi.
En arrivant le climat me fut immédiatement familier, car venant aussi des îles tropicales (La Martinique), cette chaleur mêlée à l’humidité des pays tropicaux m’avait manqué.
Trois membres de Project Abroad ainsi qu’un volontaire étaient présents pour m’accueillir. Je me souviendrai toujours de cette première impression : une sincère joie d’être arrivée et une forme d’excitation pour la suite de l’aventure. J’étais enfin en Thailande en tant que « Marine ...
By: Rachel Weaver
Although I’ve always been a beach and pool bum, I was never much of a swimmer. I enjoyed the water mostly to cool off and then get back into the sun. I chose to come to Thailand for the Conservation Project to gain a different perspective, meet new people, and experience a vastly different culture from my own. After 10 years of managing energy efficiency and conservation programs, I was excited to gain field experience rather than only supervise engineers and efficiency goals from an office. The fact that this opportunity was available in a place as beautiful and lovely as Krabi was the icing the on cake.
Unfortunately, diving didn’t come naturally. At first, the entire thing felt so difficult and required so much energy to pay attention to everything just to stay alive underwater. The PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water courses certainly aren’t difficult, but my first five or six dives were not what I’d consider successful. I found buoyancy control challenging and kept thinking of all the things that can go wrong underwater. The courses are designed to prepare you for every possibility like losing your mask, having the regulator knocked out of your mouth, running out of air, and needing to be rescued from the water. These skills are invaluable as a diver partly so you know what to do, but also so that you are less likely to panic underwater and make the situation worse. Once the courses were completed, it didn’t take long for me to fall in love. Sometime between dive six and eight, it became so relaxing that it's meditative. I love the ritual of setting up and putting on the gear, the anticipation before the jump, learning to use the compass and actually leading the dives, and even better, knowing what I'm ...