An update from Pai

Not much has changed here in Pai other than the weather beginning to warm up and the air quality decreasing. It gets as hot as 97 degrees during the day as we’re entering hot season. And just to add a nice touch to the already gross, sticky sweat on your skin, rice farmers are beginning to burn their fields in order to prepare for the next planting season. The burnings are just beginning, but at their peak in April, the valley fills up with smoke and air quality becomes very unhealthy. Looks like I’ll have to wear a mask as the locals do.

This past Thursday was my last day of teaching after-school English. The student’s summer break from Thai school begins in mid-March and goes to early May, so we made some new plans here at the BRP. We are going to run a summer camp, which I’m very […]

By |February 28th, 2014|Gappers in the Field|

Growing a Passion

I carefully pull a feijão sprout out of its plastic birth carton. A fellow volunteer and I have already prepared its new home – a beautiful cozy hole. A home made of 3 parts regular soil and 1 part nutrient-rich compost. As Curitiba teases us with a few drops of rain, I settle the feijão into its new community. Its brothers and sisters live right next door – four of them in a straight line, all about a palm apart. We have three more species of feijão to plant next.

Although I have volunteered with a handful of non-profits around Curitiba in the past four months, Casa da Videira has been one of the most fantastic! By outline, they are an urban agriculture project. However, with strawberries hanging from buckets, guinea pigs as lawn mowers, research on innovative goat food, and a preservation project of five different types of potatoes, the […]

By |February 19th, 2014|Gappers in the Field|

My Students

 On Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Sunday mornings, I teach a class of ten students for an hour and a half, and Sunday lessons are always followed by a craft. Most of the students are nine and ten years old. Their English is very basic, so my lessons are structured toward teaching them consonant and vowel sounds (which they already know, but need regular revision) and basic vocabulary. One of the hardest concepts for them to grasp is the addition of “s” to the end of plural objects because in Thai, no word is ended by the “s” sound. On the weekdays, I teach them in the evenings after they come back from school, so it is more difficult to keep their attention than on the weekends. That’s why I usually stick in a game to help them practice vocab, and at the end, give them 10-15 minutes to color.

Teaching […]

By |February 4th, 2014|Gappers in the Field|