VSA1807-1 Community Development/Home Stay - Chiang Mai 16-28/07
Day 1 Writing by : Laura Pitarch Medina 16 July 2018
Today, 17th of July was our first complete day in the campsite.
Firstly, we met at 8:00 to have breakfast all together and after we went to Ava's and Jenne's house to start knowing each other a little bit better.
To do so, we introduced ourselves, age, nationality, jobs... We also played a card game called Die Fiesen 7 to break the ice! After that we prepared the classes for the kids for Tuesday and Wednesday. It was very exciting to think all the activities that we can teach and do with the kids, I am sure it will be very fun! We prepared different activities like music and dancing, ball games and many more in order to teach them English through the games.
Around 12:00 we had lunch all together, showing how to say "thanks for the food" in different languages. I think it will take some time to remember all of them!
In the afternoon we did plenty of sightseeing! First of all we visited a temple, where people goes to collect water. After that we headed to the rice fields. That was the best part of all! The views were impressive over there. We could see how people was working and preparing the rice plants. We got there by truck, and the way was all about jumping and bumping! Bit scary but very fun!
On the way back the people of the village prepared us a welcome ceremony. It was really warm and nice to receive that gesture from them. The ceremony represents the 32 gods that take care for the 32 organs. At the end of the ceremony we received white bracelets. At the end of the day we gathered all together to prepare the last things for the classes and we played board games again. All and all it was an intense and really surprising day!
Looking forward for the next incoming days.
VSA1615 Community Development, Maechaem Chiangmai with 15 volunteers stayed together from 7-15 July. The following are the memory of some workcampers.
For this first volunteer experience, we went in the small village of Mae Chaem, located in the province of Chiang Mai.
At first, it was not what we expected. The village was bigger than we thought and we were separated in several houses.
One good point is that we did so many different things. it was nice to discover a new culture, people coming from other countries. It was such a pleasure to visit a school of small children and another of bigger ones. It helped us to get closer with the local people and two have different point of views. People over there were always smiling and it was so nice to spend time with them.
Even though the aim of the project was to learn basic language to children and help as such as we could, we also got the chance to visit temples and the nature surrounding Mae Chaem.
The accommodation could stop you to make this kind of project, however, the kindness and the generosity of the host families make you feel like home and help you feel good in each circumstances.
To end, I would like to thank everybody who have made this week become possible and unforgettable. It was a pleasure to meet all of you and we would recommend this kind of project to everybody
Jessica, Julie and Camille, from Belgium
I have learned a lot of things form school activities. The day after we arrived, we went to elementary school. I did not expected that the students have purely open mind. However they very welcome us and followed what we prepared. Even though it was only one day, they remembered our name, calling those.
The second school where we have visited 3 days was located on the mountain. I think the students have a lot of opportunities to be farmer as well as other occupations. We shard what we want to be and what's our dream. Before I visit the school, I just thought that they wanna be farmers but actually they had diverse dreams. I really want to see that their dreams come true.
Generally, locals are so friendly and smile to us. I was so impressed that they welcome totally strangers and treat us like family. Unfortunately, I could not do many jobs regarding farming. I hope to experience to work in farms in the next chance. I want to be a Korean work camp leader one day.
This camp would be great helpful for me.
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