Finishing up

With our trip coming to an end, I think I can speak for everyone when saying that we are all truly thankful for the opportunity to travel to Mae Sot, Thailand, and give our time to work with a variety of NGO’s and migrant schools in the area. Big thanks to Burma Humanitarian Mission, Mae Toa Clinic, Backpack Health Worker Team, Burma Medical Association, CDC School, LMCT school in Mae La Refugee Camp, and finally Minmahaw School, for welcoming us into their organizations. While one of the main focuses of our internship was to create a health and educational film project, which you can read about below, we had the opportunity to teach at Minmahaw school.

Wai Phyo presenting his business idea to the class.  Photo by Paal Nilssen

Wai Phyo presenting his business idea to the class.
Photo by Paal Nilssen

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We took up English, Debate, Music, and Health. We found ourselves teaching almost everyday at Minmahaw School. The privilege of education in Mae Sot appears to be different than that of the States. In the states, being a student myself, many students take education for granted. At Minmahaw School, CDC School, and LMTC School, we observed students who left their family behind to cross the border into Thailand with no money and no home, in order to receive a descent education. The experience of teaching these migrant students and their want for education was highly rewarding. These students wanted to learn. We would all highly recommend for anyone interested in education to travel to Mae Sot to donate their time to teach at these migrant schools. You won’t be disappointed. The migrant schools around in the Tak province are always looking for more volunteer teachers. Stay tuned for some of the videos that we will be completing in the next couple of weeks regarding education and health.

We are still waiting on our CDC school video to be approved by the Mae Toa Clinic fundraising office, since the school is supported by the clinic. The staff of the school has already approved it, and once that approval comes through we will share that video with you all. Many videos will be produced in the upcoming weeks. We have filmed almost 400 GB of footage, so get excited!

With all of the teaching and film work, we still managed to find time for our hobbies. For example, Rebecca has been jamming on her ukulele at a local music shop and with our neighbors who play their guitars on their front porch. Though these locals don’t speak English, she has found some common ground through the universal language of music. Haley and myself have been playing on a couple of soccer teams at night. We have been playing with Minmahaw School on Saturdays, and Haley found herself an expat team while I found a Thai team and a Burmese team. Lastly, Anu has made the courageous decision to stay in Mae Sot, Thailand, until next year, so she has been spending much of her time finding a place to stay and moving into it. On top of that, Anu has committed to teaching even more classes at Minmahaw, like Geography and English B, so that has kept her plenty busy.

A member of the Minmahaw management team: Kyaw Than. Photo by Paal Nilssen

A member of the Minmahaw management team: Kyaw Than.
Photo by Paal Nilssen

Lue May posing for a picture during photography class. Photo by Paal Nilssen

Lue May posing for a picture during photography class.
Photo by Paal Nilssen

These students have inspired myself, and I am sure the others too, to return to Mae Sot after we graduate and teach again, like Anu has found herself doing. This trip has been truly an amazing experience and we have all learned so much. We are all so excited to bring back what we have learned to campus in the upcoming fall.

– Paal

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