Fast Times at Ban Phaeng High

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Thailand

Written by Samantha Harper (current WorldTeach Thailand volunteer) When I came to Thailand through WorldTeach, my biggest fear was that I would be lonely. I imagined myself in a village where I would be unable to communicate with the inhabitants. My students would be too young to be my friends, and my co-teachers would likely be too old. I knew (hoped) that the experience would be challenging and fulfilling, but I also supposed that I would make weekend escapes to Bali and Hanoi, and submit to the travel bug whenever the pace of my village was too isolating or slow. In actuality, I am struck by the irony of the fact that the only real trial I’ve encountered has been…

New Semester Perspective

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Thailand, Uncategorized

Written by Will Jobs (current WorldTeach Thailand volunteer).  To learn more, check out the awesome videos that Will has put together of his time in Thailand. The sun is just barely rising outside the bus windows as I start this post. I’m on the back of a cross-country bus in Thailand, traveling from Bangkok back to my teaching site in northern Thailand. Nine months ago I would never have believed how comfortable I would be with all of this. As a WorldTeach volunteer in Thailand, I have been living, teaching, and learning for the better part of a year in That Phanom, a small, rural town in Nakhon Phanom province, within the Isaan region ( Each week I teach English to…

My Thai Family

Posted by WTTech in Thailand

Kate and her sister Yuu Living with a host family for many teachers is one of the most rewarding aspects of WorldTeach service and an integral step to feeling like part of a new community. Kate Mast, WorldTeach Thailand volunteer, writes below about her unexpected ties to her Thai family and the difficulty of leaving loved ones behind. — I have a Thai family that I am incredibly grateful for, they have been one of the most unexpected but important parts of my time here. The couple who care for me, Don and Yuu, have become the older siblings I always wanted but never had. I never expected to feel so at home with two people who came from such…

A Valentine’s Day in Thailand

Posted by WTTech in Thailand

As Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, we thought we would share WorldTeach Thailand volunteer, Haley Boone’s heart warming reflections on a Valentine’s Day from her former placement in Nakhon Phanom province. To learn more about volunteering in Thailand, head over to this link for more information! — “Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of the holiday, I thought I’d make a list of the things that I love most about my life here in Thailand. I’m not sure my heart could possibly be happier… I think I love my life here more and more everyday. Here are a few reasons why I love this place: My students! I’m sure I have the sweetest and most adorable students in the entire world….

“The Higher the Wai, the More Respectful”

Posted by WTTech in Thailand

Below you’ll find a story about the first day of school for Anne Greenwood  , a current WorldTeach volunteer in Thailand.  Quickly, she learns that cultural norms and habits are all relative to the environment. Learn about proper Thai greetings and why the proper “Wai” matters, below.  When I woke up this morning, it was still dark out. I carefully exited my mosquito net to turn off my both alarm and the air conditioning unit at 5:30 while the birds were starting to chirp and the motorcycle repair shop across the street was already starting work for the day (less pastoral). I’ve been trying to remain hydrated, so I like to get my water bottle and climb back into bed to drink it….

Day In A Life: Monday Morning in Thailand

Posted by WTTech in Thailand

When I woke up this morning, it was still dark out. I carefully exited my mosquito net to turn off my both alarm and the air conditioning unit at 5:30 while the birds were starting to chirp and the motorcycle repair shop across the street was already starting work for the day (less pastoral). I’ve been trying to remain hydrated, so I like to get my water bottle and climb back into bed to drink it. And by bed, I mean “Thai rolling mattress on top of a rock solid mattress ensconced in a mosquito net”. It’s not fancy, but I’m sure it’s great for my back or something like that… Now that I have a coffee maker, I can…

Reflections on a Thai Year

Posted by Heather Tang in Thailand

Molly Linnell reflects on her experience in Thailand and the ups and downs that have led her to appreciate Thai culture and her experience as well as feel grateful for things back home.   I am now in my final month of teaching and preparing for my return home. I know that I will miss Thailand, after a year away, I am so excited to come home. When I reflect on my thoughts and feelings throughout the year, I remember the very beginning when I fell in love with Thailand. I remember thinking about how much better Thailand is than America, my thoughts were filled with everything I hated about America and loved about Thailand. I remember feeling so high…

To Say Goodbye

Posted by Heather Tang in Thailand

After spending a year teaching English at a primary school in the province of Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, WorldTeach volunteer Noam Szoke has returned home to San Francisco. In this blog post, he reflects upon his work in Thailand, and the amazing experiences and friendships that have helped him find his purpose in everything he does. Thanks for sharing, Noam!     The last post is here. It was inevitable.   I still find myself disoriented when I wake up in the middle of the night, and slightly so first thing in the morning. Ah, yes, here I am! I’m eating oranges and apples instead of mangoes and pineapples. No rice fields, no Kwai. In San Francisco we have cold; We…

Jazz Chants in the Classroom

Posted by Heather Tang in Thailand

Teaching rarely looks the same from one classroom to the next. Some teachers lecture, some discuss, some dig in to activities with their students and others take a different approach based on their own interests. Noam, a WorldTeach Thailand volunteer, explains how he uses the rhythms found in Jazz Chants to teach his students English.   One of my favorite ways to help kids acquire vocabulary and a sense of the rhythms of the English language is with songs and Jazz Chants.   Jazz Chants were first created and named by teacher and pianist Carolyn Graham in the 60s. She started published her Jazz Chant books in the 70s and is still out on the road teaching others how to…

There is Always Room

Posted by Heather Tang in Thailand

During her WorldTeach experience, Caitlyn realized that family takes on a whole new meaning in Thailand.   One of the best things about living in teacher housing for the past year has been living in such an inclusive community. I live in a two-family house and our neighbors are Pi Khom, Pi Prayat and their adorable but mischievous daughter, Katjang.     After moving to Pla Pak last year, I quickly realized that family structures in Thailand are a bit different than what I’m used to in the States. Neighbors seem to be family by default, as everyone takes part in caring for each others’ children. Katjang loves to run up and down the street on our “block” and all…