Traidhos Visiting Schools Program

Chiang Mai - Thailand

Trip Reports.

Annually we welcome around 3,000 students and staff from over fifty schools worldwide.

2017 Trips

26 May 2017 Updated about 6 months ago

TIS Macau

7 – 12 March 2017

For city kids from Macau, visiting a hill tribe village in northern Thailand was a completely new, eye-opening experience. We travelled with our vans along the winding mountain roads between the forest-covered hills to reach the beautiful, yet remote Karen hill tribe village of Mae Kapiang. There we were greeted by Sangob Foundation who gave us a tour around the village.

The students were interested to learn about a life and community so different to theirs back home. We visited the village church, learning about the arrival of Christianity to the village and how its teachings have been integrated into the belief system of the villagers, which is traditionally animist in nature. The students were fascinated by how the villagers would share different roles and duties, taking it in turns to teach in the kindergarten or look after the buffalo and farm the fields, working together as a community.

We were then introduced to the lovely P’Sa, who showed us the many stages of traditional weaving. The students had a go at each stage, some of them continuing to help roll up the balls of thread after hearing that this stage alone takes forty-five minutes to complete. Although the weaving is done by the women, the men help by making all the tools needed, and the children will start learning to weave from as young as four years old.

After weaving, we moved to the kitchen area next door and learnt about traditional herbal medicine, how different plants like ginger, kaffir lime, and pennywort can be used for healing different ailments. We then sat down to eat a delicious Karen lunch, with chicken soup from the free-roaming village chickens, vegetables which were mostly grown in the village, fish chilli paste, from fish caught from the local river and roselle tea.

I was pleased to see how the students were not keen to leave and get back to their air-conditioned rooms and iPhones, but sad to leave the beautiful village and keen to experience more of the Karen traditional way of life. Thank you for a wonderful day Sangob Foundation and see you again soon!

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2017 Visitors

January 17
Khartoum International Community School, Sudan
Multiple Intelligence IS, Philippines
IS Yangon, Myanmar
St Andrews International School Sukhumvit 71, Bangkok
St Andrews International School Sukhumvit 107, Bangkok
Concordian IS, Bangkok

February 17
MLC School, Australia
International School Bangkok
Prem Tinsulanonda IS, Chiang Mai
Yew Chung IS of Shanghai, China
American IS Dhaka, Bangladesh
Yangon IS, Myanmar

March 17
Seoul IS, South Korea
Yew Chung IS, Hong Kong
Australian IS, Hong Kong
Appleby College, Canada
Fern Hill School, Canada
The International School, Macau
I-Shou IS, Taiwan
KIS, Bangkok
Canadian IS, Singapore
Stamford School, Indonesia

April 17
Beijing World Youth Academy, China
Creative Secondary School, Hong Kong
Australian International School, Singapore

May 17
Victoria Shanghai Academy, Hong Kong
The Montessori School, Perth, Australia

June 17
Yew Chung International School, Hong Kong
Garden International School, Malaysia
Compass Youth Leadership Camp

July 17
Travel For Teens (Elephants), USA
Travel For Teens (Service), USA