Thailand

 

Weekends: Thai-Style

Posted by Heather Tang in Thailand

While our volunteers spend most of their time in the classroom, there are plenty of oppertunities on the weekends to relax and explore the area. Below, current Thailand volunteer Kerry Tanney describes a trip to see some local attractions, including a dried-up waterfall and a “sleeping” volcano.   “Kerry, what are you doing on Saturday and Sunday?” “Um … I’m not sure … maybe go to Nakhon Phanom?” “Do you want to go to a waterfall?” “Ok, sure, what day? What time?” “Sunday … I think early morning.”   This is a typical conversation between Sumet and I over lunch, either on a Tuesday or a Friday, and exchanged in a mix of Thai and English, in I am being…

I teach Kindergarten?!?

Posted by Heather Tang in Thailand

Our WorldTeach volunteer Noam Szoke gives us a taste of this experience in his recent blog post. While teaching in Thailand, Noam was forced to step out of his “teaching comfort zone” and instruct younger students – something he never thought he wanted to do. In the end, Noam adored teaching these Thai children. Check out the great images Noam has shared with us!   Look, cute little ones, all lined up, holding up pictures of apples, wearing name tags. I teach Kindergarten!     I’m still in disbelief that I am teaching Kindergarten. In fact, one of my classes is more like pre-school aged! And I have to admit I enjoy it. Those of you who know me professionally…

Living, Breating, and Eating Isaan

Posted by Heather Tang in Thailand

A big part of cultural adjustment, enjoyment, and sometimes difficulty for all of our volunteers revolves around food and the daily diet in a new environment where cuisine, traditions around eating, and available produce differ dramatically from those we are accustomed to. Below, WorldTeach Thailand volunteer Caitlyn Pisarski tells us about the food culture at her site and in her home.       My WorldTeach roommate Steph and I have a pretty sweet deal when it comes to living arrangements. Our Thai roommate, Pi Yok, prepares or buys our food every night so we never have to worry about where to find our next meal after a long day of teaching. This convenience does come with some setbacks (my…

Community Ties: An Unexpected Honor

Posted by Heather Tang in Thailand

WorldTeach Thailand volunteer Caitlyn Pisarski writes about taking part in a cultural ritual that drew her into her community and helped her re-connect with her experience, her colleagues and her students.       This picture is a result of a string-tying ceremony I was a part of last Thursday at Wang Yang Elementary School. These ceremonies are an important ritual in Thailand, usually performed when someone enters or leaves a community, or when two people are wed. The ceremony I attended last week was to welcome the newly appointed principal to our school and say goodbye to the former; Teacher Bai-Khao was to receive strings as well, unbeknown to me until the ceremony was underway!   The ceremony started…

Wai Kru: Teacher Appreciation

Posted by Heather Tang in Thailand

WorldTeach Thailand volunteer Kate Mast writes below about discovering and participating in the Thai tradition of teacher appreciation day…   Today was “Wai Kru”, teacher appreciation day, in Thailand. After reciting a few Buddhist prayers and singing traditional “Wai Kru” songs the students presented the teachers with flowers and paid their respect by bowing (“wai”, means to bow and “Kru” means teacher) on the ground at their teacher’s feet.   At first I felt a little uneasy. Coming from America I would never expect a student to give me flowers and pretty much bow down to my “greatness” just because they were thankful for my lessons. It made me feel a little uncomfortable to have students bowing down to the…

Sook San Wan Valentine!

Posted by Heather Tang in Thailand

Haley Boone shares her heartwarming reflections on Valentine’s Day from her placement in Nakhon Phanom province…   Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of the holiday, I thought I’d make a list of the things that I love most about my life here in Thailand. I’m not sure my heart could possibly be happier… I think I love my life here more and more everyday. Here are just a few reasons that I love this place:         These are just a few things that have me feeling all warm and fuzzy on this Valentine’s Day. I hope that yours back home is wonderful… enjoy the snow that I am missing!   Read more about Thailand See all WorldTeach…