I’ve been helping Jason by putting together some videos for the ICCVTT company website and I thought I might as well share them here. Things are really busy here and I’m tired so I’ll give you just a brief introduction to each one.
In the first video, you’ll see volunteers donating clothing to the children of Cambodian migrant workers here in eastern Thailand. Cambodia is a much poorer country than Thailand and many people come here to work, most illegally. It’s very similar to the USA-Mexico relationship, including that many Thai’s resent them being here yet don’t want to do the hard jobs in the fields that they are doing. Apparently, local companies welcome the illegals and pay local officials to look the other way regarding their illegal status. Many workers come as families, including the children. The children cannot go to school here so they often work in the fields with their parents. Jason is working on finding ways to offer them education, both Thai language and English, and has been helping raise money to provide them some decent clothes.
To understand the next two videos I need to explain to you that, on Saturday afternoons, Laurian and I go with Jason to his home about one hour south of here so that we can teach at the learning center (Ban ASA NANACHART) he has opened there on Sundays. He offers low-cost (free, if you can’t afford it) English lessons to children and adults and we teach from 9am to 4pm. I have been helping in the morning class while Laurian teaches the grades 1-3 group. In the afternoon I’ve been teaching the adults while Laurian teaches the grades 4-6 group. Jason’s mother is a wonderful host and cook and prepares virtual Thai feasts for us while we’re there. The videos below were made shortly before I arrived when a group of young women from the UK was here volunteering.
English Lessons for Children
English Lessons for Adults
This week the school is being audited by the government education commission. It has been crazy here for the last 10 days or so as the whole school – faculty and students – have been working on cleaning up the grounds and beautifying the campus and school rooms. Most staff have worked straight through the weekends. The reason for the audit is that the school’s 6th grade students have fared very poorly on national standardized tests: with about 80% of them failing, in almost every subject, including English. Today was the first day of a 3-day visit by the auditors. Laurian helped 5 of our better English students rehearse a welcoming speech for the auditors and the kids did a nice job presenting it.
That’s all for now. Have lots more to share but not enough time, energy or bandwidth 🙂