Australian High School Group Volunteers in Thailand, January 2012 (Part 2)

by on Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Below is Part 2 of a blog written by an Australian high school group who volunteered as part of an International Student Volunteers (ISV) Program at the Mae Kok Foundation in Thailand in January 2012.

If you missed Part 1, be sure to check that out here:  Part 1

Students at Mae Kok Foundation, January 2012

Day 5:

Today, we all woke up again for chores. We were excited for today, as we were heading into the kids’ school to teach the rest of the classes English. This was more challenging than teaching at MKF, as the kids were much older and they were harder to keep focused. It was still a great experience, as we had to think of some different ways of teaching the kids because they knew a lot already. After we left the school, we went to the biggest mall in Chiang Rai and had lunch. We spent a bit of time shopping and then picked the kids up from school and drove home. Of course, “Mum” out-did herself with her dinner, and we spent another night teaching English. As it was Josh’s 17th birthday, Mum made a cake and surprised Josh! All the kids sang Happy Birthday, which really made the day!

The work on the pond continues! ISV high school group Jan 2012

Day 6:

We did not need to do chores this morning, as it is the weekend, but we still had to continue work, and it was the last day of completing the pond. We completed reinforcing the pond wall and we all felt a sense of major accomplishment. The children of MKF joined in to help us. Later that night, Mum made us an amazing meal of sticky rice, and afterwards, our group of ISV kids and a group of MKF kids went to the Saturday Night Walking Street Market. Everyone grabbed a bargain and shopped ‘til they dropped. Many members of the group bought Ray Bans and were very ecstatic!

New Ray Bans! ISV January 2012, Thailand

Day 7:

No more chores again and a sleep-in until 8:30am. We had Church at 9:30am with the kids where we played games and sung songs of worship. We enjoyed the service, which was led by one of the MKF boys, and the beautiful music that was played by more MKF kids. After another delicious lunch cooked by Mum, our ISV group played games with all of the MKF kids, such as octopus, piggyback races, blindfold races and musical statues. We also introduced the MFK kids to our loud, fist pumping music. Dinner, once again, was amazing, and we enjoyed a night full of games and laughter with the MKF kids.

Meeting Thai artist, Chalermchai Kositpipat, January 2012.

Day 8:

Today was our day off, so we made our way to the Golden Triangle and the Laos and Burma border. On the way, we listened to awesome dance music and stopped at two temples. The first was called Wat Rong Khun, which was built by the famous Thai artist, Chalermchai Kositpipat, whom we were lucky enough to meet! We were amazed by the pure outer whiteness and artistic detail within. The next temple we traveled to was over 100 years old. We all wrote our names and birth dates on the long yellow cloth, which Buddhists believe brings good luck and the chance to meet in the afterlife. Our next stop was the border river of Thailand/Laos, where we had lunch and took pictures in the golden triangle alongside an enormous Buddha.

The markets at the Burmese border were a very exciting spectacle; we perfected our bargaining skills and enjoyed soggy chestnuts. That night, we made our way back to the center of Chiang Rai for the local market “bazaar.” However, the few hours beforehand we ate some well-deserved french fries and massages. The ride back to MKF involved more fist-pumping tunes and, on arrival, we were pleased to see our fish pond filled with water.

Coming up next week: they finally get fish in their pond!

Read more about ISV’s High School Program to Thailand HERE.


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