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When we first arrived at the Karen village, they told us some of the rules. The one that really stuck to me was that you cannot show affection to the opposite gender. If you do, they would sacrifice a chicken. Their religion isn’t Buddhism. Buddhism actually isn’t a religion; it’s a philosophy. We learned that […]

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Driving to the waterfall was nice, but it made me dizzy driving the winding roads around the mountain. It was fun. The first waterfall we saw was really beautiful, but they said it was only one of ten. When we went to the second one, it was even higher. Everybody went to the third one, […]

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What I’ve enjoyed most is getting to know the Thrival student body. At first, they were just vaguely familiar faces, but now they have personalities and backstories. We’re all getting accustomed to living in a foreign country together, so I think that has helped us grow as students and as people. The experiences that we’ve […]

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This documentary was very special to us because it helped us learn about the problems in the village. We also learned how the Radical Grandmas stepped up. In order to make this documentary, we had to get an inside view of how mining destroyed the lives of the Na Nong Bong villagers. As we gained […]

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Sawadee ka to everyone back home! We’ve just spent the last two weeks on our Pollution unit, and I am so proud of our students! This is one of the most difficult of all of the environmental science units, incorporating concepts from physical science, biology, and chemistry. Our students are truly gaining an understanding of […]

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CONVENTIONAL V ORGANIC FARMING DEBATE by Kayla Saunders First I want to make sure everyone understands the difference between conventional farming and organic farming. Conventional farming is the process of using chemicals while farming to help the rate of the produce grow faster. Organic farming is the process of farming foods with no chemicals or […]

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Our students are wrapping up their final week in Thailand! They fly home this weekend. Thank you for following their journey during this immersion phase of their school year. Third Favorite Homestay By Rasean Edwards, grade 11 The first day, we got there around 6pm. Our homestay mom fed us, and then we watched a […]

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Thrival Student Spotlights Thrival Academy: Oakland Thrival Academy: Indy Jonatan Arechiga Age: 16 Current Grade: 10 What do you miss most about home? The parents, the food, and wifi. What are you enjoying most about being in Thailand? Meeting new people. They’re cool. Personal Highlight from this week: Learning how to weave and learning about […]

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Student Spotlight Thrival Academy: Oakland Thrival Academy: Indy Fernando Sevilla Age: 15 Current Grade: 10 What do you miss most about home?  I miss playing soccer/ futbol. I miss playing fifa. I miss watching How I Met Your Mother. I miss talking to people I would usually talk to like my counselor at LIFE Academy. I […]

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