Hallo, Sabaidi and Welcome,
Today, in our first blog post, I would like to introduce you to our new team of 11 English graduates who will be spending the next few months working in the AfC/PH “teach-the-teacher-project” in Laos. Together, we will be teaching at a number of schools throughout the area: The Sunshine School and the Lao German Technical College in Vientiane, The Secondary and Primary School Ban Phang Heng and in the Primary School Ban Sikeud.
Juliana and Julia will be working as a team at Sunshine School. Here they will develop new lesson plans in cooperation with the “AfC Schools”, introduce project work and apply the “Learning Through The Arts” approach.
Denise and Lena will be based at the Lao German Technical College in Vientiane, with their special task of teaching Technical English to the teachers and mentoring their tandem-teachers in didactics and methodology.
The Primary School in Ban Sikeud will be the base for Kerstin, who will teach English to her tandem teachers and improve the school’s English Lending Library.
Sarah will be at the Primary School Phang Heng, and she will also teach English to her tandem teachers, introduce them to the Lending Library, and keep this blog updated with new photographs and videos of our time in Laos.
Pauline is our “stand-in” teacher and has the special task of teaching the pre-school children with “Mr Mopsy”. She will also teach English to the non-English teachers of the three schools and will generally lend a hand wherever help is needed. She is also in charge of organising the housekeeping in our new residence, where 7 of us will be house-sharing. (The other 4 will be accommodated on campus at the Sunshine School and LGTC.)
David, Anika, Silja and Thorsten are at the Secondary School Phang Heng. David, Anika and Silja have the exciting challenge of setting up and maintaining an English Lending Library at the Secondary School, trying out the new didactic material with their tandem-teachers. They will also give them English lessons, of course. Thorsten will be the resident “Blogmaster” and will be keeping you updated on everything that happens during the next project phase in Laos. He will also set up chemistry and physics lessons in the new laboratory (in English) with his chemistry and physics teacher-tandem.
There will be some more detailed introductions to the individual members of Team III coming soon, so watch this space! We are all very excited to be embracing this new experience and we can’t wait for our journeys to begin…
Text by T.Feldmann
Photo by L. Kringe