Needless to say, I have learnt a lot about myself
This is my last day in Baan Nam Khem and yet it feels as if it were only yesterday I was arriving at the Volunteer House excited and nervous in anticipation for the next 4 weeks. My experience was more than I could have ever imagined. Living in this rural village has enabled me to experience the true Thailand and appreciate the kindness and generosity of its people, despite their humble lifestyles. Albeit the days were long and hot, hugging the toddlers at the orphanage or laughing with the teens at Ban Naam Khem School always made the effort worthwhile.
I have been stunned by the attentiveness of the children here, their – sometimes excessive – energy and eagerness to learn is simply brilliant and has inspired me in my role as teacher. I never thought I would enjoy drilling the same English words repeatedly (in as many different voices as humanly possible), or drawing elephants on demand (despite a significant lack of artistic talent), as much as I have done. In fact, I wondered whether it was even possible to teach English to Thais as a non-Thai speaker but this project has shown me that such challenges can be overcome and with great reward.
Needless to say, I have learnt a lot about myself and what I can achieve, but moreover, what can be achieved as an ambitious and dedicated team of people. I feel privileged to have been part of the GVI family, comprised of some of the warmest people I have ever met. They have motivated, empathized and entertained me from Day One and it will be so sad to say goodbye. I wish the project every success for the future. Thank you for this amazing journey!
Alice Goodman, 4 weeks Teaching Children volunteer.
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