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Headstart International School, Phuket

From Bangkok to Ayutthaya

29 April 2019 - 1 May 2019

We observed the river environment and did some activities about water quality and pollution issues. In the afternoon, the fun part was barge crews. All the students separated into four groups and each group had a mission to do, cooking, navigation, cleaning or games. While cooking, some students felt so proud that they had to come out to tell their friends “Tonight’s dinner will be super delicious!”

On the first night, we had camp fire. Even though many people didn’t perform the dance group was brilliant to show how well they worked together.

The second day, we woke up early and headed to the barge to start barge crews again. The first thing to freshen them up was a cup of hot chocolate. You could see they were happy to have one cup in the early morning. After breakfast, we started to do “Macro Invertebrates” activity, trying their best to find out the tiny animals from water hyacinth, which floats on the Chao Phraya River. Most students were excited when they found something. After hunting, we identified the animals and calculated the data to check the water quality. This enabled us to compare with yesterday’s water testing to see if the water was any different. I think the most interesting activity was “Settlers Game.” In this game we talked about the natural resources that we as humans take and use from the earth. Most students were so engrossed in the game and tried to think how they could win. Each round we would add some new situations in and they would experience how they could deal with the lack of natural resources.

After lunch, we arrived at Ayutthaya.

First we talked about the history of Ayutthaya and we took a tuk tuk to Wat Phra Sri Sanphet. In the temple, the students needed to follow a map and find out the answers of the questions in the journal. The second night, before bed, the students performed a drama show about Buddha’s story and discussed about it. That night students experienced how to sleep on the floor without air conditioning! A new life skill!

The final morning, the students did alms giving and learnt how to fold the lotus flower. When they saw monks, they became quiet and a bit more serious to serve the food.

After breakfast, we headed to Thai Arts Centre to learn how to make decorative flowers from sesbania wood. The staff from the centre introduced the sesbania tree and how to make pieces of material like paper. Every flower had different difficulties, so the students choose a suitable one for themselves to experience. Finally with their own beautiful flowers, they headed to the airport where we were able to say a final goodbye.

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