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Vientiane Pattana School, Laos: G6 (18 - 21 April, 2017)
21st April, 2017
Well, what a fantastic week I’ve had in Chiang Mai. It all began on Tuesday when a lovely friendly bunch of Laotians turned up to learn all about how human activity is changing natural resources and ways that these precious resources can be preserved.
Their momentous journey began at the Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park, the eco-friendly, naturally-built, outdoor museum, and one of my favourite places, which explains the processes involved in making paper products from elephant poop fibres. After observing these steps, and helping with a few of these along the way, they then spent a relaxing hour making and decorating their own cards. They especially loved this part and produced some beautiful examples. Back at the Traidhos Campus and an afternoon of a team-building activity on the low ropes, an exhilarating game of Stepping Stones and some free-time swimming, rounded off with sitting back and relaxing to a glorious Khantok dinner and show.
Next up on their itinerary was an action-packed day on an organic farm. Here they learnt about the importance of farming without the use of pesticides and hydroponic farming, prepared some EM (Effective Microorganisms), made compost, fed the collection of animals and lunched on a sumptuous feast: a result of their wonderful Jungle Cooking skills. The day was completed with a bar-be-que dinner and campfire, the pièce de résistance being the songs and dances they performed, and perhaps the firelight toasted marshmallows too!
Their last day was short but perhaps the sweetest of all. After contemplating all they had learnt and from completing an Ecological Footprint sheet they all made a pledge to help save their natural world – me! Hearing their promises brought a lump to my throat