We started the day at 6:30 this morning, allowing us to eat breakfast and make way to the school where we would be running our English camp. The school we worked at was sponsored by Miss Universe Thailand 1988, and located two hours away from our home base in Chiang Rai. We spent the whole day running our “English camp,” a day filled with English language-based games and activities. The group broke up into six separate partners and shared activities, ranging from Bingo and Duck Duck Goose to coloring and Simon Says. The school was made up of a small population of hill tribe students, causing our teaching experience to be different than before. Many of the students were members of the northern hill tribes with Chinese cultural roots. There was a wide range of speaking abilities; some were able to say broken sentences, while for others it was the first time they spoke English. Since the students were a part of the Thai hill tribes, there were individuals who were sent to school by their families not even knowing Thai. This was an additional challenge for us, but it allowed one of our group members to communicate in Chinese.
Following our day at the school, we stopped by the Choui Fong Tea Plantation for tea and some dessert. Originally, we were supposed to go to a museum about the opium trade and Golden Triangle, which affected many of our students’ lives. However, due to the curving roads and the rain, we decided that the tea plantation would be a better option. Although we were sad to miss the museum, the beautiful views at the tea plantation made up for it. We were able to see fields of tea along with mountains in the background as we drank our tea and ate our assortments of cake.
After our car ride back to the guest house, we headed to dinner at a street restaurant right by the side of the road. We then took one final trip to the Chiang Rai Night Bazaar where some of us enjoyed relaxing massages and others bought fun souvenirs and ice cream to wrap up our eventful day.