The three weeks of activity were run by the Liberal Arts students with close assistance from Ajarn Roy. It was a great opportunity for Asian University students to contribute something to the community by sharing their knowledge with others.
In the first week of the project, a big group of interested students was divided into smaller groups. We asked them what their needs were and what they were interested in learning. Then we helped them with basic conversation, which they might use in their future workplaces. After finding out what their needs are, as well as their level of English, the Liberal Arts students prepared teaching materials for each group. There was a pronunciation clinic, conversation practice and a variety of games.
In the second week, everything seemed to be better. Our students felt more confident speaking English and were extremely happy to learn new things.
The project went by so fast and we could clearly see that our students did a great job. Every individual gradually developed their English skills during the three weeks of activity. We ourselves were not just teachers, but we were learners as well. We learned how to teach, how to prepare class materials and how to talk to students. We all have realised that being a teacher isn't that easy; it's very challenging!
Being part of such an activity not only benefits those who have a lack of opportunity, at the same time we also gain something in return. Something that money cannot buy. Something that we call "happiness".
The smiles from our students were the greatest gifts we could have received in return. We felt warmth in our hearts as this project challenged our abilities and built goodwill in the community.
After graduation, we are looking forward to continuing to contribute valuable things to society, aiming to improve the quality of life in our community.
For those who are thinking about becoming involved in such activities, what are you waiting for: take a chance and make a difference!