IB Year 11 CAS Service Trip to Thailand (Day 1)
Thailand group 1
Arriving late the night before, all students quickly settled into their rooms at Thai Life Homestay Resort to get some rest before the next day’s activities. After a delicious breakfast buffet, they took part in their first Global Vision International (GVI) presentation, covering information on the programme, a risk assessment and a fascinating insight into Thai culture. Students were taught how to say hello and thank you in Thai, as well as other important aspects of Thai life before sharing their interesting reflections on what they hope to gain in the coming week working with GVI. Next, lunch at a local restaurant was followed by a brief tour around the Ban Nam Khem village. Here, the students visited the emotive Tsunami Memorial Park, which commemorates those who lost their lives in the 2014 Tsunami disaster that hit the PhangNga area particularly badly. Later in the afternoon, the students had some free time to rest, reflect and prepare for their own presentations on Mangrove Parks, Turtles and Tsunamis which were enthusiastically given before a scenic buffet dinner on the nearby beach.
Thailand group 2
On the 2nd of March, 19 of our Year 11 IBDP students went on a school learning excursion trip to Bangkok. We left school at around 4.30pm and took a coach to Shanghai Pudong airport. The flight took about 4 hours and we reached Bangkok at around 4.00am the next day.
Our first stop was a visit to the Wat Phi Khun Thong temple. According to our guide, this temple is the home of the second largest Buddha statue in Bangkok. We were taught how to give a simple prayer and also how to make a wish in front of the big Buddha.
Next stop our guide took us to the local market and convenient store where our student get to buy some of the local products and also get to taste some of the local delicacies, such as the famous mango sticky rice.
Our guide then took us back to the hostel where he conducted a simple Thailand language crash course and also introduced some Thailand culture to our students. Although the lesson was only about half an hour, but our students managed to memorize some key phrases in order to communicate with the local children in orphanage.
After dinner, we were given a welcome party by the locals. It was some Thai traditional dance and our students even get to participate with the dance at the end of the show!
Overall the first day of the trip was tiring due to the hot weather but our students enjoyed themselves a lot.