One Sunday I joined Tee while he lead one of his tours. We visited an orchid/butterfly garden and an Akha village, hiked to a waterfall, went white water and bamboo rafting, and elephant riding (I skipped this activity), ALL on one full day tour. This apparently is the pace of most days tours from Chiang Mai because we crossed paths with group after group at each of our destinations. Though the pace was too quick for me and involved far too much driving (I am prone to serious car sickness so this is a major factor) I enjoyed white water rafting and stalking butterflies in the garden.
My classmate Ulla’s birthday coincided with Yi Peng (festival of lights), which coincides with Loy Krathong in Northern Thailand. A group of us went out to celebrate, watch the parade and send off some lanterns.
The rest of the the month was spent in grammar lessons, Thai language lessons (to remind us how it feels to try to learn a new language), and preparing for and teaching EFL lessons. My six teaching practices covered a variety of age levels: pre-K, 3rd, 6th, and 9th grade, technical college and an adult one-on-one lesson. The pre-K lesson worried me the most because I haven’t worked with that age group much. I had a great time with the 15 or so tiny, tiny, curious kiddos, I sang ‘If you’re happy and you know it’ to them after teaching them when to clap their hands and stomp their feet, and had a good lesson despite power tools whining right outside the classroom which meant I taught the whole lesson by shouting.
|My first lesson was with 3rd graders at a temple school in Chiang Mai.|
|This was my favorite class, a sweet group of 6th graders.|
|I’d love to work with these students every day.|
|Friday is sarong day. The students looked so cheery in their pink uniforms.|
|The students didn’t want us to leave and crowded around the songthaew (taxi truck) as we were loading up.|
|Teaching 16-17 year olds at the technical college.|
|EFL classroom communication…this signal was one we saw everyday from our teacher Shouvik (on my right)|
|I had a lovely cold for the last few days of the course, but I powered through to the end, then slept for 2 days.|
Now, time to find a job.