Gratitude for what we learn
Working together with Fund Isaan was a perfect match in terms of team spirit, entrepreneurship and the values we stand for. People share their world and open up their homes. Teachers provide students with opportunities to develop their skills in an environment where they feel engaged through active learning and self-awareness activities.
For 6 weeks, Ellen Van Boven and colleague Mélanie Buchmann volunteered as English teachers in Surin province, a rural area in Thailand. They enjoyed working with the teachers, who provided them with guidance at school, opening up their world to new possibilities and new ways of learning.
“Reflecting on this period, I feel so much gratitude and I’m very thankful to all the students for being so motivated to learn, for being just themselves and for making my job the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I tried to pass on as much as knowledge as possible, but I also learned so much from everyone there.”– Ellen Van Boven, delaware volunteer
Tom and Stijn, on the other hand, spent 2 weeks at Fund Isaan to enhance the IT classrooms. Installing computers helps these kids and their families to prepare for a better future.
“The whole school shows their gratitude by organizing a ceremony to open the class. Some of those ceremonies are amazing, with the whole school present. We enjoyed traditional Thai dances and other wonderful festive activities that are typical of the hospitable Thai culture.” - Tom Hertsens, delaware volunteer