Traidhos Visiting Schools Program

Chiang Mai - Thailand

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

2017 Trips

22 Dec 2017 Updated about 4 months ago

NOVEMBER 2017: The American School in Japan

ASIJ students’ week-long service “like a dream” for local teacher

Many schools in northern Thailand struggle to get the funding for new building projects, which is why it is quite common for international organisations to come here and offer their support. But the more remote it is, the less likely a school is to be approached by one of these organisations.

Since community service is the main purpose of The American School in Japan’s visit to Chiang Mai, we had enough time to make a five-hour drive from the airport to little-known Nong Bua village. According to Poon, who joined the VSP team this year, it didn’t feel like a long journey at all because the scenery on the way was beautiful. Here she tells us more about the project:

The school that we went to do community service in is named Baan Nong Bua School. The road going to the school is quite narrow and steep. [In fact it makes its way up a large portion of Thailand’s third-highest mountain.] Nong Bua School has 72 students and 5 teachers and caters for Grade 1-6. The majority of the students are from different ethnic groups in Thailand; therefore, some of them do not know Thai when starting school. Also, due to the distance, they have a lack of teachers and opportunities.

There were three big projects to finish: building a store room, putting up the bricks for a wall, and cementing the pavement. The teacher in this school said that “this is like a dream to get a store room done.” We mixed a lot of cement to make the floor and wall. Through working hard on the project, students learnt cooperation and construction skills. It was amazing to watch the students enjoying and doing activities with the Nong Bua kids even though they couldn’t communicate in English; they still had fun laughing together.

On the last day, the students from ASIJ prepared some activities such as language class, bracelet making, rock painting, and donating clothes for kids. The donation station was like a mini market for the kids at Nong Bua School. It was enjoyable to watch the kids shopping and walking around with smiles on their faces.

The trip was a hardcore seven days of building and renovating the place yet filled with happiness and memorable experiences. One of the students said “This is the second time that I have come with the VSP trip and I will come back again next year. I feel happy to share and learn new things every time.”

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2018 Visitors

January 18
Multiple Intelligence International School, Philippines
Khartoum International Community School, Sudan
Nord Anglia International School, Dubai
Concordian International School, Bangkok
St. Andrews International School, Bangkok
Yew Chung International School of Shanghai

February 18
KIS International School, Bangkok
Yangon International School, Myanmar
MLC School, Australia
Bromsgrove International School, Bangkok
American International School, Dhaka

March 18
Appleby College, Canada
Creative Secondary School, Hong Kong
The International School of Macau
Australian International School, Hong Kong
Canadian International School, Singapore
Canadian International School of Phnom Penh
Sekolah Bina Persada, Indonesia
Seoul International School, Korea
I Shou International School, Taiwan

April 18
Hume Lake, USA
Beijing World Youth Academy, China

May 18
Seoul Foreign School, Korea
International School of Bangkok

June 18
Somerset College, Australia
Compass Youth Camp
Travel For Teens, USA
Yew Chung International School, Hongkong