I continue my project teaching in Ban Bangdan primary school alone. Rosa changed her project and went to a farm close to Hat Yai.
At the begging I had to get used to a new situation but finally everything is OK. In the school we were building good relationship with students and teachers. It’s interesting how finally we can get to the point. With everyday work I could discover what can I do to teach better. Perhaps it’s a cliche but, every kid is different, so the work with every of them looks differently.
Everyday begins with morning assembly - all students and teachers turn up punctually at 7.45 to sing an anthem, pray and listen a speech made by one of the teachers. Sometimes also I am asked to tell short story and greet everyone in English. The school is really small - there are 6 classes from 1 to 6, and all together 56 children. And because of that most lessons are supported with satellite TV and activities recorded in other schools.
Every class has got one hour of English lessons per day. Besides with 3 higher classes we meet in the afternoon 2 times a week for extra English activities - playing games, singing a songs, watching cartoons. Furthermore every Saturday there’s coming another volunteer to extra classes for willing students. And on the top of that the school just started program that provide interactive on-line English course so children can have even more contact with that language.
But living here is not just school work. Again we had a great possibility to meet with university students. This time we went with veterinary majors from Prince of Songkhla University to Zoo, buddhist temple, muslim mosque and night market at walking street in Songkhla.
Another great experience was vipassana meditation in temple in Kuan Niang village, in rather remote area, where are also other volunteers doing their projects there. Remarkable and important possibility of taking part in temple live looking deep into myself.
I spend my free weekends on one day tour around Yo island (with amazing fisherman’s hats, built just in the lake) and discovering Songkhla. Every time I go downtown or to the beach I’m falling in love deeper and deeper with that city. Colorful temples, vivid markets, interesting street art and incredible coffee shops (I’ve already found my favorite one - The Blue Smile with it’s jazz weekends and delicious coffee).
All that makes me feel super good in Thailand and a bit sad when I realize that there’s less time till the end of the project then behind me.