Great September Camp for Orphan Boys and their Friends

This year we could and can still not do any camps with foreign volunteers!

Nevertheless, we arranged two camps in July for the Non-formal Education authority, one for adult villagers and one for dropout students.

Our trainee alumni James, Tew, and Namthip joined the camp as volunteer camp leaders! Toto and Kai organized these camps and Jim and I joined!

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Tew is now an English teacher and James is back to Mahasarakham Uni from a Fulbright scholarship to the US. Namthip is on a break from her studies in China. They did a great job! How great when previous trainees, alumni come back as volunteers to help!

We just had yet another great camp in September at the Arun Rangsee School for some 50 orphan boys and their friends. James with his university friend from Bangladesh, Din, our trainee alumni Meena from Laos, and Nut from Udon Thani joined as well as Tew, great camp leaders!

TT and Kai did a great job preparing the camp! Everyone did a great job! Jim and I served as trophy farang volunteers

Great to see the local teachers engaging in activities too! These included thinking training, English, and other challenges with campers competing in teams. Always interesting to see how kids interact, and actually also to find some real quick thinkers!

Some thinking training included riddles. Test yourself! One young guy was very quick, and correct!

1. I am not alive, but I grow; I don’t have lungs, but I need air; I don’t have a mouth, but water kills me. What am I?

2. Two fathers and two sons went fishing one day. They were there the whole day and only caught 3 fish. One father said, that is enough for all of us, we will have one each. How can this be possible?

3. David’s father has three sons: James, Jim, and _____?

4. What two things can you never eat for breakfast? , lunch and dinner

5. I look at you, you look at me, I raise my right, you raise your left. What am I?

Afterward, we reflected on the teachers and our alumni. Camps always inspire and serve as creative input for future camps. This time, how to engage with juniors! Moreover of course considering how to do camps with online volunteer support. This is part of what we want to find out this autumn together with Cisco volunteers and 15 of our alumni.

This camp was kind of an OMP Center kickoff at the school. Our upcoming Online Center is in the pipeline! A platform where all OMP stakeholders will be able to meet, share, enjoy, and help each other.

Thanks to our alumni, Arun teachers, and director, and to TT and Kai. We look forward to more!

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