Today is the official first day of school. Aka, students help clean and teachers finish some last minute things.
I’m now in month 5 of living in Thailand. How is that possible.. almost half a year?
Bpit Term (School Break) started off very slow. I was left alone for a couple days, unsure if that’s how the whole 6 weeks would go. Then my lovely host family showed up. More so, my English speaking host sister. She included me with her family and took me on a lot of bpai tiaos (aka thai family vacations) and out to Roti every few nights. It was really nice to get to know them and feel like a part of their family.
Consolidation practice was somewhere around week 4 and it all sped up from there. Consolidation was basically a nice little reunion for the Southern Volunteers (along with some safety practices). Maycation happened the week after that and I got to reunite with most of the other volunteers in Bangkok and on Koh Mak (an island off the lower East part of Thailand). It was so wonderful to see everyone and it reminded me how many amazing people and connections I have made because of Peace Corps. I can see these friendships lasting for a lifetime and I feel very lucky to be a part of it all.
This past weekend I was in Krabi with some southern volunteers to celebrate one of their birthdays. I’ve spent a lot of time the past few weeks in the Sea and being a tourist and it was every bit of what I needed. I’ve always had a deep love for water. It scares me so much because there is so much we can’t see underneath but it exhilarates me at the same time. I could of stayed floating in the waves for the rest of my 2 years here and I would’ve been perfectly happy. Maybe someday I’ll live on a house boat and just travel the 7 seas. How wonderful would that be? Krabi proved to be everything my soul needed.
I won’t lie, it was a little hard to get up early today and head to school. Only because I’ve gotten used to the slower pace of school break and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was a little nervous. However, as soon as I got to school my friend P.K. (4th grader that is part of my host family) ran up to me and grabbed my hand and walked me to the office. It was seriously the cutest thing ever.
Throughout the day kids would huddle around my desk and watch me make materials and help me collect papers and whatever else I needed. I got a lot of “Hello!”s walking to the cafeteria for lunch followed by giggles when I would answer “Hello!” back. Countless smiles and interested eyes.
The kids are what make this all worth it for me. I hope that I can inspire them even in just a small way, help them learn and encourage them to try their hardest. And overall to just have fun with them and show them that we aren’t all that different.
Month 5 and yet it feels like the adventure is just beginning!
Until next time..
Peace, Love & Thai