IB Year 11 CAS Service Trip to Thailand (Day 5)
Thailand group 1
Today, the students headed off to the Sea Turtle Conservation Centre at Phan-Nga Naval base. Here, the students had to place month old Green Turtles into baskets, so that they could scrub down their tanks and give the turtles a bath! Once the turtles were squeaky clean, the students applied anti-bacterial treatments to prevent the turtles from getting skin infections. The students were then given a tour of the Conservation Centre, seeing turtles in all stages of life from just two weeks old up to over a year old. The students loved working up close and personal with the turtles, and getting the chance to handle them was a really special moment. Due to rain that afternoon, students were unfortunately unable to take part in the beach clean and instead planned the mural and cultural exchange activities which will be taking place at the local school tomorrow.
And what about dinner? Well, it was up to the students this evening to fend for themselves and cook their own Thai feast with the help of the resort’s excellent chefs. So, what was on the menu? Students learnt to cook traditional Thai dishes such as Tom Yum Seafood Soup, Massaman Curry, Stir Fried Chicken with Cashew Nuts and a classic Phad Thai. It was a wonderful way to end a memorable day, and all were allowed to take the recipe sheets away with them and keep the Thai Life aprons as a souvenir.
Thailand group 2
Day 5 started with the second day programme with the Elephant's World. Our guide shared with us more about the stories of each individual elephant and also their anatomy such as their gestation period and also their function of different body parts.
Next programme was the highlight of the day as the students get to bathe and scrub the animal in the river. All of our students ended up being very wet at the end but they really enjoyed the whole interaction with the elephants.
After lunch, we went to cut the corn crops to feed the elephants. It was a tiring process as the students have to cut the corn crops under the hot sun. Overall it was a rewarding and enriching experience.