Javier’s experience at the Refugee Camp
By Javier Mejiacuenca, grade 11
It was a profound experience. I’ve always heard about refugee camps, but I’ve never actually understood what it meant and looked like to be a refugee. I got a chance to see how refugee camps function. From education to the way they live to their work experience. It was quite an experience.
In class, before we got to the refugee camp we had to develop a game plan. We experimented with ways to teach English to students that don’t speak English often. We practiced with each other to came up with activities that we thought would be fun but would also help the students learn.
When we arrived, we hosted a variety of activities centered around English. We picked topics and came up with activities. Our activity was English and our objective was to teach the students at the refugee camp how to use directional language in English. We taught 4 classes. Each class was about 30 minutes, so we were teaching for about 2 hrs. We taught at a junior college and then on our last stay there we taught at a college.
One of my most memorable moments was walking around the camp. We stayed in a guesthouse but when we walked around we saw the river. They utilize the river as a hydro – they use it as a source of energy. They built it themselves.
By Hector Carrera, grade 11 and Abraham Sigala, grade 10
At first it was boring. We were just sitting through a presentation about how elephants have contributed to the world, but they weren’t treated right. They were used for logging, transporting trees down a river to Bangkok. The teachers went too, so they were asking all these questions. After the presentation, we created a medicine for the elephants. We got to crush the ingredients together and mixing them all together. Then we molded it into snack things. It was weird because it looked like poop. I forgot what the medicine was for, but it was medicine nonetheless.
Then we went to see a group of elephants and got to bathe them, Well we (Hector and Abraham) didn’t get to bathe them because we were on picture duty. We could have chosen to go, but we didn’t have extra clothes, and I (Hector) already bathed an elephant at my homestay in Nong Tao.
After bathing the elephants, we fed them bananas, sugar canes, and the medicine we made. Then we went to see a baby elephant in a cage just running around. At the end, we got a certificate made out of elephant dung. They make paper and other materials out of the poop there.