So, on 21st September the semester 1 ended at Nantawan school, and we finished our contract. After 4 1/2 months of teaching, playing, shouting and learning we finished our first teaching experience. It was fun and challenging and rewarding and hard work. But ultimately when we had to say goodbye to the children we have spent the last few months with, it was a tearful farewell. We will really miss them, and miss out on seeing them grow up.
So as a tribute to our time at Nantawan school, in true Big Brother style, here are their best bits:
It started in November 2006, when we quit our jobs, rented out our house, sold our belongings and set off in search of adventure in South East Asia.
Backpacking around SE Asia followed, along with working with elephants in Pattaya, a TEFL course in Thailand, teaching in Bangkok, Madrid, Bournemouth....
"Where next?" you might ask.
Well, the pull of the East was too great, so we hot-footed back to Thailand, and then onto Vietnam.
We spent a year teaching in a language centre in Haiphong in the North of Vietnam. Then we went searching for the bright lights of the big city and taught ... full info
Lisa and Birth from Grade 3when we first met Birth, we thought his name was Bert because they can't pronounce their 'th's. But no, it's Birth. Another of the odd choices of names for kids here. Everyone has a proper name and a nickname. The kids nicknames in our school are apparantly "English names". As you will see, some of them are abit strange. Don't worry though, its not for life, they change them through their lives. Fing in Grade 1 used to be called Olympic last year.
Rebecka from Grade 3She really is this grumpy in real life. And speaking of strange names, her Thai name is Rebecka, her English name is Namfon!
Ryan and Fancon from Grade 1How cool is Ryan's hat? It spins and everything. Ryan is from American (well his Dad is) and tells you that at every available opportunity. He once introduced himself as Ryan the Lion for a game, which was funny because he can't say his 'r's so it came out "Lyon the Lion". It stuck and now even the other Teachers call him that!
Kris and Mandyone of his favourite students. I think they were having a discussion on the state of the world today. Or something.
Grade 1 boys playingKen, Pooh, Fancon, Ryan and Steve. Kris actually, told them to pick Ryan up and cook him, and then the headteacher came over and told them off for messing about. Kris is always getting people into trouble!
Kris and Fanconrubbing heads in the traditional Korean way - so he says. Fancon is Korean. Jibeom is his Korean-Thai name, Fancon is his English name!!