Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A Word from Thailand, submission by Doris Battle

Dear Sparkling Goat -

I am writing to talk about my experience abroad in the beautiful land of Thailand. I've been here about 2 weeks or so, and I have to admit this is one of the best decisions I have ever made. There have been a few bumps here and there, but overall it's been spectacular.

I am teaching 3rd through 6th grade, with an average of 12 students in my classes. I usually have an even blend of boys and girls, but my 6th grade class has 3 girls and 8 boys in it. They are all wonderful children, and have taken to calling me 'Teacher' instead of by my name. I ride my bicycle to school, which takes about 15 minutes. It's a very relaxing ride there and back home; there are many shops and locals among the way that make it very cozy. The director of my school is named Prakasit, and he is constantly telling me that he wants me to love the students like they are family. It's a good thing I have already gotten to that point! They really are great, and funny! They remind me of home - they always want to play soccer or volleyball, which puts me in the Chipmunk spirit!

Outside of school, I am also having fun. Emily and I are exchanging English lessons for motorbike lessons with a Karen man named James, who owns a shop across the street from where we are staying. It's been an exciting new experience, and we are both getting lots of practice. We have ridden our bicycles around town and found many places to eat, though because it is a border town of sorts, there aren't many places to buy souvenirs to bring home! It is still amazing; sunrises and sunsets are absolutely gorgeous, and the weather is enough to convince me to make Thailand a number one spot when looking for future employment!

Miss you guys at SIT, but I'm having a great time teaching here and getting to be with my students! And I'm definitely not jealous of your snow!!!

Wishing SIT warm weather and lots of love,
Doris Battle

1 comment:

  1. Glad you're having fun, Doris! Sounds like a great experience!