Bangkok Refugee Center School at the Good Shepherd Sisters
Spending five days at the Bangkok Refugee Centre (BRC) has been an exciting, eye-opening and challenging experience. As cute and obedient as the children were, they were animated and always enthusiastic to learn.
The experience of teaching a full class of students has shown us that there are different challenges and skills which need to be applied and unexpected things that come up each day. Throughout the day, some of our planned activities spontaneously changed which taught us that we need to be prepared for any situation. As an example, we learned to plan time-filling activities in case previously planned activities ended earlier or could not take place.
This week really exercised and stressed our abilities to teach. The lack of insight regarding the children’s skillsets, and the language barrier between the students and us made the week very challenging. Although this made the tasks really difficult, it was nice to be placed out of my comfort-zone.
Whilst it being a challenge as well as a handful of work to teach subjects such as Science to students, especially the energetic younger ones, with an English or Thai language deficiency, the week was still a lot of fun! Looking back we can now say that we actively helped the students, taught them something completely new and overcame all the challenges we faced at the beginning of the week. Personally, I thought that it was an interesting experience and something new, as the class really sees you as their teacher and also calls you by this name.
In conclusion, the week at BRC was a memorable experience. I will cherish the bonds I made with the students and the staff members at BRC, and I hope to make another visit over the summer!
Maud and Ilesh