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March

Student Spotlights

Thrival Academy: Oakland Thrival Academy: Indy
Patrick Davis

Age: 15

Current Grade: 10

What do you miss most about home?

My friends and my parents. We used to go out and do fun stuff like shopping, parties, going to San Francisco and cooking good food.

What are you enjoying most about being in Thailand?

The new experiences, meeting new people, and the beauty of Thailand as a whole.

Personal Highlight from this week: Finishing two focus areas in 1 day. I got a 9 out of 10 on one of them!

Elwin Martinez

Age: 17

Current Grade: 11

What do you miss most about home? I miss my video games, my house, and wifi. Video games – that’s the most important.

What are you enjoying most about being in Thailand? I enjoy the Thailand culture and ways of being like farming and mining. It reminds me of Mexico.

Personal Highlight from this week: Talking to the locals here. The thai kids are awesome. They always want to talk to me and it makes me feel special to exchange with them.

 

Staff Spotlight

Rustic Pathways
Kwanpanus Thantongdee (Mai)

Position: Program Leader

Where are you originally from?

I come from Udon Thani, Thailand.

What do you miss most about home?

I do miss my niece who is now learning to speak. I can’t wait to see and talk to her again.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy being a part of the program and sharing in students’ experience during their stay in Thailand. Also I enjoy seeing students go to homestay to live with local people. When they try to adjust to village life, I can see how amazing students are

Personal Highlight from this week:

Seeing Thrival students interact with Rustic Pathways Children’s Home students. They participated in many activities together like teaching each other how to dance. It was so fun.