I have just returned from an absolutely wonderful trip to Chiangmai, Thailand with half of our 5th grade class. My first trip to Thailand, and I was so excited to be chosen to go as a supervising adult, but I was so underprepared for what an impact the trip would have on me.
his international boarding school and worked with this fabulous organization. The trip was such a wonderful mix of cultural and environmental learning and I honestly think I got more out of it than the kids.
Thai Royal projects, experienced some nature before meeting up with our Karen people guides and hiking down into their village.
|One of the few photos of the kids I can show as their faces are hidden.|
I really enjoyed connecting with the kids in this way. We went with 70 or so kids (and came back with the same number!) but separated into 3 smaller groups. We had 25 in our group with 3 teachers and 3 Barge guides. It was fabulous. I don't actually teach these kids (my grade 5 students are going in 2 more weeks) although some I knew from 4th grade. I just found it so much more fulfilling being with them in this way than 40 minute structured lessons. The moments for learning were there all the time; teaching about culture, science, environmentalism, religion, art etc. I really didn't want to come back! Not to mention that I bonded so much with our guides; it felt like being an exchange student again. I even had a little bit of a cry when I left. It has made me realize that I may have to try to find other ways of teaching. I have been thinking about community based teaching for a while, and I really feel like I need to try to pursue this line.
As for Thailand, I feel that I must go back again some time...soon. As for camp; I can't wait to go again next year!