Have you ever though that you can make a real change to someone’s life simply by using your mother tongue?
Just by being with people, talking to them and allowing them to get exposed to your English can make a huge difference for them, especially when the learners are children from less privileged areas in different corners of the world. Yes, but how to reach to them, you may ask. Johna, a TESOL tutor at Global Teaching Adventures shares her travelling and teaching experiences in Thailand, a country where she thinks children may really benefit from having someone like you around to offer them what is so natural for you – your own language!
Korat is located in the Isaan province of Thailand and is known as the gateway to northern Thailand. You may or may not have heard, but northern Korat Thailand and southern Thailand are almost two different worlds. In the north there are still many areas that are untouched from the exposure of tourism in the south. Korat has recently become a popular city for tourists; especially expats who have been living in Thailand for many years and are looking to escape over populated areas, but are still interested the comforts of modern society. Korat is one of the poorest areas in Thailand and the work I do here with Global Teaching Adventures is greatly appreciated by the local community. English is not just a useful tool, but it can help to lift a family out of poverty. Most of the work is done at the local university and so there is an immense amount of extrinsic motivation for students to expand their English skills. This fact alone makes working in Korat really exciting. This is a place I love to meet people my own age, get to know them on a different level.
Here, you will see how life differs from the other areas of Thailand, from the architecture to the food Korat is unique. You get a sense of the direction Thailand is going towards, like the millennials of the Western world; Korat’s population is fuelled by making their own place in society. One thing remains constant here, the importance of family. It’s common to see entire families out and about together around the city, something that is becoming less common in other parts of the world. I think this is a breath of fresh air; seeing the mix between young college students and grandparents is quite unique.
Being a university town, Korat will also give the sense of what it’s like to study in Thailand as a young adult. Many days are spent at the university where the students often take part in our nightly outings. They want to experience what it’s like to be around foreigners, not only to learn from us, but to become friends. Korat is a unique experience compared to the other camps as we get to know the students on a personal level and you can create friendships that will last far beyond the short time we spend in this up and coming city.
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