My name is Nuria Garcia Puig, I am 26 years old and I am from Spain.
I have always wanted to volunteer and that is why I decided to take two months off from work (October and November). I chose Thailand because the very different culture, wild nature and smiley people really attracted me.
In October I taught English in 2 different schools in Sisaket. The lessons were informal due to the kids were on school holidays. If they decided to attend the classes it was voluntarily. The timetable for teaching was the same in both schools: from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., in the morning and from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. However, we (the teachers) usually stayed longer doing other activities like playing sports or continuing with manual arts projects. Moreover, we were staying at the youth community home where the kids were always welcomed to spend their time with us.
Ban Non Samran School
I taught in Ban Non Samran School for one week and a half with a Japanese volunteer, Chiharu. The students were between 4 until 14 years old, all mixed in one classroom. They showed interest and they were willing to learn anything (general culture, English, arts…) but also other languages like Japanese or Spanish! The classes were fun and entertained because we combined grammar and vocabulary with games, songs, dances and drawings. The behavior of the students was excellent and we took advantage of having students with different ages because the oldest ones (especially one called Hot) helped us managing the classes. During the lunch break and when the classes were over the students always wanted to play football or volleyball with us. They were very nice and active.
Ban Non Samran School
Chiharu and me taught together as well in Ban Non Samran School for one week. The classroom was provided with a lot of school material (pencil colors, sheets of colored papers, scissors, glue...) which was very useful because the students were very creative and really enjoyed doing manual arts. The students were between 4 until 14 years old, all mixed in one classroom. One mother of two little girls -who was always joining the classes with her daughters- and the oldest teenagers helped us translating our questions from English to Thai. The students were obedient, polite and very committed. They were also willing to learn anything (history, geography, English…) but also other languages like Japanese or Spanish! Again, we made the classes fun and entertained because we combined grammar and vocabulary with games, songs, dances and drawings.