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Volunthai’s Travel Diary

Monday, 31 Aug 2009

Location: Khonburi - Nakhonratchasima, Thailand

MapHi. I am Laurene, a French girl of 22 years old. I am teaching in the North-East of Thailand in Nakhonratchasima province, most commonly called Korat, in Khonburi (a small town, one hour and a half from the capital city by bus). I arrived at the beginning of July and I will go back to France at the end of September, so this is 3 months of teaching in Thailand for me.
My school, Khonburi School, is quite big with about 1800 students and 70 teachers. This is a secondary school (from mathayom 1 to mathayom 6) so students are between 12 and 18 years old. I teach about 3 classes per day, 5 days a week. There are about 30-45 students per class.
I love teaching at Khonburi School. The students are nice and respectful (most of them!). They always ‘wai’ me and say ‘Hello, good morning, good afternoon…’ when they see me. In class I teach them essentially listening and speaking because Thai English teachers teach them a lot of reading and writing already. They listen to conversations and answer questions, make conversation in front of the class, and play games divided in teams… They love games with competition. At the beginning students were shy to speak English with me but now everything is OK and they enjoy having classes with me. I learned some Thai words to use in class to make sure they understand what I say. At school teachers are warm and friendly with me. I have good laughs with them and they always help me when I need something. I have lunch with English teachers every day and some of them invite me to have dinner at their house.
I live with a Thai family whose house is 2 kilometers from the school. My family sends me to school every morning by car or motorcycle and a teacher sends me home after school. My family speaks some English, and they teach me some words of Thai, it is funny. I am like a member of their family. The mum cooks very good Thai food so I have already tried many things and I love Thai food. Moreover, Khonburi is a small city so I can find anything easily: internet coffee, supermarkets, markets … don’t worry about that!
During my free time, I visit Thailand, which is a very beautiful country, or I join Volunthai English camps. It is a good way to get to know other volunteers and Thai people in other parts of Thailand. At English camps it is very fun: we play games, sing songs and laugh a lot during two days. If you're lucky there will be a camp during your homestay.
Volunteering in Thailand is a wonderful and unforgettable experience! If you're thinking about volunteering with Volunthai in Thailand, don’t hesitate! Volunthai is a very good association and everything is well planned before you arrive there.
Laurene (laurene.couronne.35@gmail.com)