ISV High School Group at Baan Unrak in Thailand, January 2012

by on Saturday, 21 January 2012

ISV has run a High School Program in Thailand and other countries for 15 to 18 year old students from Australia for the past 5 years.

Tug of War at Baan Unrak Children's Home, Thailand (c) used with permission by Stefanie Langley

Each year, a group returns to the Baan Unrak Children’s Home where 140 kids are housed and cared for near the Burmese border. The project deals with complex human right issues for minority groups like Burmese refugees that are living in Thailand.

Below is an excerpt from an email by ISV’s Project Leader Stefanie Langley who has led many groups at Baan Unrak. I wanted to share this with you as it paints some lighter moments on project with our January 2012 High School Group.

“Today we had a day off from work as it is National Children’s Day! The HS group went to the primary school with the Baan Unrak kids and participated in the morning flag raising ceremony, wai (greeting) ceremony, song and meditation.

Stefanie at Baan Unrak in Thailand, (c) used with permission by Stefanie Langley

After that the teachers held an assembly and the kids performed: dance, song, fashion show walks, and displays of talent for treats! The rest of our day at school was spent playing games with the children: sack races, tug of war, dancing balloons where the object of the game is to knock out your opponent by squashing the balloon tied around his foot, bobbing for apples, blindfold fun where teams helped each other find clay pots to bash for treats…it was incredible! Our HS group had just as much fun as the children, if not more so since I had to drag them away to go to lunch!

This group has bonded more with the Baan Unrak children than ANY other group I have ever worked with here at the home. Each and every single one of them has had to overcome some great personal challenges this week, and I am proud of every one of them for their contributions to the home, the children, and ISV.”

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