由于实在是太早了，所以我们之前准备去的那几个地方都还没有开门，也不想打车去那几个几十公里以外的水上市场，虽然都在曼谷也很有特色，但打车实在是不划算。于是我们在机场7-11简单的解决了早餐（到泰国的第一顿饭——泰式面包，味道还不错哈哈）之后就一直等到6：00才去坐的city line去恰都恰市场和另一个小伙伴会合。下午去了曼谷一个很有名的Shopping Mall “Siam Paragon”（顺便安利一下，面积很大，王权很划算，尤其匡威的鞋子不到200CNY）,晚上便回机场和Grit安排的前来接我们的老师会合了，还有最后一个小伙伴也是晚上才到的。搭载我们前往义工住宿地的Van很舒服让我一下就爱上了泰国的车（不过后来事实证明抗颠簸性能并不强哈哈），睡了大概3个小时约23点时到达住宿地，太困了勉强洗了个澡倒头就睡了，路上老师给我们买的零食也没吃结果被我们忘在那里放了好几天哈哈。
The plane took off at 23:30 on the evening of January 13, 2018. At 2:20 am the next day, we got off the plane and landed in Thailand. Following the English signs we found the entry smoothly due to some “homework” in advance, so even if this was the first time to go abroad we also get ready quickly, then there was the long wait to pass through the customs, there were so many people even at night. And then picked up the luggage and change big cotton-made jacket, after everything was ready, the day at the Bangkok begin at 3:30 am. Because it was too early, so there were a lot of places have not opened, and we didn’t want to take a taxi to the several dozens of kilometers outside to the water market, it’s not cost-effective. So we stayed at the airport and went to 7-11 to simply solved our breakfast (Thailand’s first meal – Thai bread, taste not bad ha ha).We waited until 6:00 am to take the city line to the Qiatuqia Weekend Market and met another friend. Afternoon we went to a very famous Shopping Mall in Bangkok named “Siam Paragon” , then back to the airport at night to meet our teacher, and the last friend is just arrived. We took a van to get to our volunteer base which is very comfortable , I just fell in love with Thailand’s car , after 3 hours we reached at about 23:00 pm o ‘clock ,we were too sleepy to take a bath and fall asleep.
第一次出国 第一次义工 第一次放飞自我
由于我们一行5个人中我们有3个人本来就是认识的所以大家并没有什么磨合期，一大早起来就嬉笑打闹搅成了一团，没有谁还没睡醒，没有谁很腼腆，每个人脸上都带着笑，准备好了迎接我们的第一天义工之旅。7：00负责人Jason和Mam就准时来接我们了，大家还没来得及切换成泰语模式，仍用的Hello打招呼 =v= 然后就出发啦～
Next morning we woke up with a smile because we were too excited about our work. At 7:00 am, Jason and Mam came to pick us. We didn’t have time to switch to the Thai language mode, and we still used “Hello” but not “Sawadeeka” to greet each other,and then we started.
The first thing to do when we got school is to introduce ourselves. The children are stared curiously at us, with uneasy and nervous mood we introduced ourselves to them, they seemed to be like us, excited and clapped warmly, the children’s innocent smile let us uneasy soon vanished.
Their classroom is very clean and tidy. I don’t know if it is the impact from Thai religious culture. We visited kindergarten, primary school, middle school students’ class, then organized and participated an interesting class. Just taught them a simple song, to learn 10 body-related English words from the song, and then use the words to play “you draw and I guess”. All people were divided into 4 groups, everyone took turns to guess, the other team members did the action part. First round was played by the group leaders (we four volunteers, another is responsible for sum up our scores), and then we let the children play one by one, the first victory was who won over 10 points. This game is very interesting. Probably because of the language barrier, we can only use body language to communicate, so it is very interesting. Then we helped one of the class to revise their homework. They studied very carefully in class and did very well in their homework, which was better than I had written. By the way, after class, we visited the canteen where they were eating.
Then in the afternoon, we went to the market to buy materials for the day after tomorrow’s English Camp. When we got back to the place where we live, I came to realize the homestay where we live is a beautiful tree house. We had a fresh feeling in Thailand when we saw this building and its attractive garden.
Engliah Camp is coming!
Fortunately, we met the teachers’ day in Thailand and went to the town with Jason and Mam. In the morning, we went to a great hall to listen to the monks chanting, but I slept with my friends hahaha.After lunch, Jason took us to a local temple, which was quiet and not crowded. The mysterious ancient temple appeared quiet and solemn in the sun, and the carved flowers on the stone were exquisite, implying the nobleness of the king. We walked slowly, quietly enjoying the sunshine, feeling the ancient Indian history. I love this afternoon, and it made a lot of sense. This is the charm of Thailand, which allows you to slow down and feel the breath of life in the air.
In the evening, we attended a big party, and there was a big playground outside the auditorium where we had the meeting in the morning. The sunset is very beautiful, and the “fire” clouds can be seen every day in Thailand.The party’s atmosphere is really good, and there is a living show. We sat down with two other volunteers.Then there is the endless eating and drinking, when we feel full we went to dance and after dancing we could continue to eat.Unbelievable how much I ate that night.Hahhhha～
The last day we spent with younger children. They are very adorable, their eyes were very bright, like stars on the sky. They always smile to us, which melted our hearts, so we were not strict to them when we taught them. In the evening we went to a nice little pub to have our last meal with the tearchers. I still remember the bamboo bridge, sunflower, broad field, distant mountains. We also drank the Thai special elephant wine “Chang”, better taste with ice. Everyone sang on the little stage,we talked a lot,which all became my cherish memories at last.
Volunteer teacher’s experiences at Bankaochan school in January,2018
by Jiajia Gao from China