This weekend I went to help out a different school with their English Camp. There were about 150 kids probably aged between 8 and 14 (it’s hard to guess Thai kids ages as they are so much smaller than kiwi kids!). There were 3 westerners; me, Cim (from Iowa in the US) and Jeffory (from New York ) and a few Philippino teachers who speak English VERY well and the Thai teachers.
I was told to prepare a lesson about ‘the weather’. So I drew some pictures of the different types of weather, used the Genki English Weather Song and then played games with the kids using weather vocabulary. The Gengki English Weather song is rather lively and has cool actions, so I taught the kids the actions and words to the song, we had a few sing offs… as there were 7 groups I did this lesson with I am pretty sure I must have sung that weather song at least 35 times!
In the evening we helped the kids prepare a skit. I was given a group of 22 boys and told to prepare ‘Peter Pan’. Having never seen peter pan I knew this task would be bit of a challenge, having 22 boys in my group was even more of a challenge!!! The boys were actually great, we picked a Peter Pan (cute kid with glasses whose English is EXCELLENT), a Wendy (a large boy who was stoked to be Wendy) and a Tinker Bell (a cute tiny weeee little boy who was also very happy to be Tinkerbell). Everyone wanted to be Captin Hook so I picked one of the big kids…. Then I separated the rest of them into ‘Goodies’ and ‘Baddies’.
They told me that we needed a fight scene and promptly ran away to get sticks and weapons from around the school grounds and spent the rest of the time out of control fighting each other!!! I was worried at this stage but some of the boys helped me write a simple ‘script’ and I then left them to it to practice. A few hours later they found me to give me a preview… the kids actually pulled it off… I thought the skit was very good… I was very proud of them!
So the camp was fun, very tiring but fun! The teachers had organised lots of English songs so we sang and danced a lot. They made an attempt to teach us foreigners how to do Thai dancing (its not easy) and at night we even had a mini disco with the kids (oonce ooonce music, the kids loved that). The foreigners were put up in a hostel that had a HOT shower (yay) and I was stoked to meet Cim as she is volunteering ‘quite’ close to my village so I am pretty sure we will meet up again.