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In honor of International Friendship Day, International Youth Day, Thailand's Mother's Day and the establishment of ASEAN community, Projects Abroad volunteers from around the world bring games and activities to Baan Rai Yai School to reach out to community and to help educate the children through art and crafts.
Kaityln volunteers because she enjoys giving her time for others and sharing her blessings with them. When she volunteers it reminds her to never take anything for granted and to be thankful for the little things each day.
“I volunteer abroad because it is the best way to really experience a culture. Volunteering abroad is a beautiful gift and take of sharing yourself and receiving love and knowledge from those that surround you. Bottom line, I volunteer because I truly care about others and want to give what I can to them,” said Kaitlyn Reil, 24 years old teaching volunteer from America.
Kaityln takes part in a mix of both care and teaching. She prepares and teaches English lessons for children 3-4 years old. Since they are so young, she also helps with care things such as toileting, lunch, and naptimes.
Every day at school is a new adventure! “In a typical day the opening ceremony and announcements are from 8:00-8:30, from 8:30-9:00 the classroom teacher does some songs and daily check-in things with the students, then from 9:00-10:00 is English time! During the 10:00-10:30 slot sometimes English fills it up, and sometimes they work on a handwriting sheet in either English or Thai. From 10:30-11:00 they eat lunch where I help hand out food, spoons, and help students cut their food and make sure they eat. After lunch they sings songs and practice basic academic skills in the lunchroom with the classroom teachers. Then they return to the classroom to either begin naptime or play outside for a while. Then it’s time for me to go!”
Her favorite activity at school is English time! “I really love the first few moments when the teacher turns the class over to me and the students greet me in Thai then English with a rousing ...
Before entering a volunteer placement, I often worry about how I will connect with other people and build a network in a new foreign place. While volunteering at the organization should be top priority, it is important to form friendships with others and to have a support system. It is nice to find people to share ideas and to join in social activities with. These people become your home away from home. Upon arriving, I immediately felt welcomed into Thailand. On your first day, you get a full induction, which includes a tour of the city and office. At the office, there are plenty of volunteers there to greet you and to answer any questions you may have about the city or placement. Whether it’s sharing a bus line, co-teaching at a school or center, or debriefing at Blue Juice, there are plenty of opportunities to connect with other volunteers. Everyone is so friendly and open, and it is very easy to travel together in the afternoons and on the weekends. The veteran volunteers teach the newer people the ropes and help arrange trips and accommodations. Before you know it, you have become the veteran and the expert of the city. I have made many friends, which I hope to maintain beyond my time here. From splitting a mid-afternoon snack to taking a long tail boat adventure, these social friendships formed and activities shared will make a lasting memory in my mind and have strengthened my overall experiences and impressions of Thailand.
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.