REFLECTIONS FROM A THAI
I have been a host for the TSC volunteers. I have had a great deal of fun and
have enjoyed the experience very much. Before the first volunteer arrived I was
worried about the language barrier and also the differences in culture.
However, I had a wonderful time and have had a good relationship with all the
volunteers who have come to Thailand. My English and that of my husband and
daughter have improved. When the volunteers arrive we plan a program together
regarding working and trips on the weekends and they are like part of my family.
My daughter is trying to improve her English and she and her friends have gone
to movies and the disco with the volunteers and their friends.
All of the volunteers have enjoyed teaching the children as well as playing
games with them. There are 28 teachers at my school and some of them can speak
English. The teachers love meeting and getting to know the volunteers. Many
teachers have offered to take the volunteers to various places where they can
experience Thai culture. The students are very excited to meet foreigners. At
first, they can be shy but once they get to know the volunteers they are very
friendly. The volunteers are very helpful because the students do not often
hear native English speakers talk. Learning English from the volunteers greatly
aids their vocabulary, listening, reading and speaking skills. I am very glad
that Thailand Service Corps sends volunteers to help my country and I greatly
appreciate the kindness of the volunteers.
At center is Naedra Drakoolrat family (English teacher and host). From
left to right; Nedra's mother and father, volunteer
Matt Kane, Mr. and Mrs. Drakoolrat, daughter Papitchaya,, (Papitchaya's