Actors InThe Job Placement Circus
There has been a great deal of drama surrounding the placement of my peers during (and following) the TEFL training course. There has been an even larger dearth of professionalism throughout the process.
Overall, the placement process was rushed, expectations were poorly set, individuals were unprepared, and there was an utter lack of customer service. It’s really not my battle since I haven’t asked Entrust TEFL to place me in a job, but let me explain so that those of you thinking of enrolling in the Entrust TEFL program or teaching in Thailand will have some background that my peers in the program and I did not have. (Thank you for your questions and emails.)
“At it’s highest level, the purpose of teaching is not to teach—it is to inspire the desire for learning. Once a student’s mind is set on fire, it will find a way to provide its own fuel.”
– Sydney J. Harris
I’ve taken so many pictures, It’ll take me weeks to go through them. But for now, here are some more pictures for my fellow students and those of you around the world that have requested them. Continue reading
Teachers Demonstrating (I Hope) A Game
I’m not going to lie to you, I was quite hung over this morning. We all were. After two days of classroom practical training and relentlessly adoring live children to teach, we were all ready to blow off some steam. And we did so, in fine fashion, with a little pool party last night. But amazingly, the lethargy and rough edges vanished when we arrived at the school. The energy of the children made us instantly forget about ourselves and we were instantly strong and powerful again. Continue reading
Wow, what a couple of days! Our first days in the classroom with children. What a rush….we magically transformed from students to educators. Four classes per day, 50 minutes each. Amazing children.
The children, oh, the children. So wonderful, so shy and cute yet engaging, welcoming, and full of life; eager to take us in. Continue reading
Emotionally and physically abused, receiving no education or healthcare, and is underfed and being groomed for prostitution at very early ages. These are the lives of many children of the hill tribes north of Chiang Rai. Some find hope and a future through an organization called the International Humanity Foundation.
The IHF operates homes for children in Indonesia, Kenya, and Thailand. The founder of IHF, Carol Sasaki, works with the Lahu tribe in Thailand identifying at-risk children and offering them assistance. With tribal and/or parental consent, she brings the child to the IHF center in Chiang Rai where they receive love and care, food and a bed, education and encouragement, and a support system of other children from their tribe that have come from similar circumstances. Continue reading