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Meet Students From Huay Pung Mai, Thailand

Friday, July 15, 2011 | posted by Unknown | 0 Comments

During the Global Playground trip through Southeast Asia in May 2011, Global Playground gave the Thailand Fellow, Ryan Drysdale, Flip cameras to videotape life in Huay Pung Mai, Thailand. In addition to receiving the Flip cameras, Ryan recently received a DVD produced by middle school students in Winterset, Iowa, USA. The video showcased their school and has been a useful tool for English lessons for his students in Thailand. After watching the video, Mo. 6 students (equivalent of seniors in high school) were given the Flip cameras to introduce themselves to the world. This is what they created and the beginning of more video projects!


Life at Huay Pung Mai

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 | posted by Unknown | 0 Comments

Students at Huay Pung Mai were given cameras to take pictures of their life and other events in Huay Pung Mai. All of the pictures were taken by these students. Being a student in the mountains of Thailand means more than just studying but also cooking food, chopping wood, and mixing cement by hand. Welcome to life at Huay Pung Mai, Thailand!  

100 of the 330 students at Huay Pung Mai sleep in a dorm at the school. We hang out in the dorm at night and share bunk beds. Do you sleep are your school? Would you be able to only see your family on the weekends? 

Each morning and night we use wood to cook our own food for the 100 dorm students. Do you cook at your school? 

This is vegetables and meat balls. We love spicy food.  

Sometimes the boys help cook. 

Students bring fire wood from home each Sunday and the boys chop it up to burn. Do you have chores at your school?

This is our dorm at Huay Pung Mai. The bottom floor is for girls and the top floor is for boys. We are all Karen (ethnic group).


After school we play soccer but we call it football. Our school is in the background. What do you play at your school? 

We live in the mountains of northwest Thailand. 

At night, we hang out in the dorm. The boy on the right is wearing a traditional woven Karen shirt.

Here are some of the senior girls at Huay Pung Mai. Do you wear uniforms too?

Students help do lots of work at the school. Here they are tiling the floor of the canteen.

We do lots of different work to help our school. Here we make cement by hand.


Jacqueline Albert-What i like to eat :]

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 | posted by Stonington High School | 0 Comments

Hola! Yo quiero a decir tu sobre la comida en U.U.E.E. Me gusta come pesca. Pesca es muy sano y delicisoso. Me gusta ir a pesca. Te gusta ir a pesca o no? Me encanta helado mucho! Yo compro helado de DQ y Walmart. Mi helado favorito es el chip de chocolate con menta. Yummmm :] Come helado? Su helado favorito?



Yo puedo un foto una vaca por que 1) Me encantan vacas. Vacas son mis animales favoritos y 2) Yo come vaca y beber leche de las vacas. Tu crees que las vacas es lindo?
Adios!
-Jacqueline

Week 4: How do you play?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 | posted by Garrett | 0 Comments

Huay Pung Mai, Thailand


At Huay Pung Mai, Thailand, children play numerous games. Because of the lack of resources, children use their creativity to create new games or use simple objects like a string and a shoe to play a game.

For example, two students will hold a string like a limbo stick and other children will try to run and jump over the parallel string. Younger children will play dodge ball and tag. Sometimes the children use flip flop sandals to throw at each other during tag.

Other common games are playing jacks with sticks and stones and playing rock papers scissors. Most of the tables where students spend time have checker boards drawn on them.

Soccer (called football here) is the most popular sport. Boys will play soccer almost every day and many girls will play volleyball. Sometimes the boys will play "futsol" which is like soccer but played on cement with a smaller, harder ball and smaller goals. At some schools, students even play badminton.

Muay Thai boxing is also a very popular sport in Thailand but only a small number of boys actually fight.

Another very popular Thai sport is called "takro." Takro is very similar to volleyball but you use every part of your body except your hands!

Hmong boys play a game called "lukah." You can see some photos of the children playing this game. One boy will spin his wooden top with his stick and string. Another boy will stand a certain distance away and use his string and stick to throw his wooden top at the spinning wooden top. The goal is to hit the spinning wooden top. If you do this, then you are able to be the spinner.

Check out the video of takro, lukah, and other games at Huay Pung Mai.

Every child in the world plays. How do you play? What do you play? What types of things do you use when you play? With whom do you play? Where do you play? And when do you play? Does what you play depend on the time of year?

Mi vida en Stonington: Uma Mistry

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 | posted by Stonington High School | 0 Comments


Hola me llamo Uma. Yo estoy muy alegre escribir a ti. Yo vivo en Stonington, Connecticut, el pueblo situado noreste de Estados Unidos. Mi comida favorita es la cena. En la cena yo como mucho variedades como pizza y la cena de pollo. Mi comida favorita de la cena es Espasgueti y albongidas, la comida muy delicioso. Cuales es tu comida favorita para comer?
También yo participo en las actividades en mi escuela. Yo jugo el fútbol y también en le equipo de remo. Que tu participas en las actividades en Honduras? Que te gusta deportes?

Eddie de Stonington

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 | posted by Stonington High School | 0 Comments

Hola me llamo Eddie. Cuando yo tengo hambre, me gusto pizza por que es muy bueno. Cuando yo con mis amigos, nosotros pagaramos el mismo y obteneramos un grande pizza. Una comida de favoritá en Estados Unidos es hamburguesas. Las hamburguesas están hechas de carne de res, queso, y un bollo. Para el desayuno, yo como los huevos y pan tostado. En la tarde me como un sándwich de jamón. Para la cena, yo como carne o pizza. Para postre yo como pastel o helado . Antes de equipo me gusta un barra de proteína, equipo es remo. Me gusta las barras de proteína porque se bueno para mi práctica. Las práticas de equipo es my dificil y barras de proteínas son de relleno. ¿Qué deportes juegas?

Un día en la vida de Victoria Georgetti

Monday, March 21, 2011 | posted by Stonington High School | 0 Comments

Para empezar mi lunes me despierto a las cinco y media para ducharse y prepararse para la escuela. Mi autobús sale a las seis cuarenta y me lleva unos veinte minutos en llegar a la escuela. Nuestra escuela comienza a las siete y media y tenemos la escuela hasta las dos de la tarde. Después de la escuela, tengo la práctica de remo a las tres. Practicamos en el río Mystic en mystic, connecticut. Mística es una ciudad junto a stonington. La práctica es hasta las 6. Después de la práctica, me voy a casa a cenar con mi familia. Tengo un par de horas para descansar o hacer la tarea si tengo alguna. Después de días tengo la práctica, normalmente estoy muy cansado, así que tratar de ir a la cama temprano. Esa es una base el lunes en la vida de , Victoria Georgetti.