We had an eye-opening and amazing experience in Myanmar and Thailand over the course of over 2 weeks this past winter break! There are many parts of our trip, please follow along and enjoy the photos and videos!
The team members who participated in this international camp were
- Anoop I (Red Cloud, Age 15) - team leader and 2nd time to Myanmar!
- Olive T (Red Cloud, Age 13) - team leader and 2nd time to Myanmar!
- Deelia W (Red Cloud, Age 15)
- Raivat A (Lime Cloud, Age 14)
- Angelica Z (Red Cloud, Age 13)
- Selena Y (Orange Cloud, Age 13)
- Serena M (Orange Cloud, Age 13)
- Eva L (Red Cloud, Age 13)
- Arianna T (Red Cloud, Age 12)
There are several goals of this program:
- Contribute curriculum and content for official Myanmar government curriculum
- Show local teachers and school administrators in Myanmar the benefits and mechanics of creative, project-based learning.
- Help bootstrap a maker space in Myanmar
- Establish and on-going relationship with local students and schools in order to further modern curriculum development and bring change to methods and content of K-12 education in Myanmar.
- Cultural exchange and immersion for our student leaders
Village School Visit
Our first school visit was to a village school about an hour drive from the capital. This is school is run by monks for the local community through donations from various donors. We got tour the open-air classrooms and visit the living quarters of the students before we helped serve the students lunch and teach them some fun stem projects. It was quite an eye opening experience to meet our peers who live in a completely different environment!
Let's Go to Yangon!
Myanmar is quite a ways away from home. This trip we spent nearly 36 hours to transit to Yangon. Our layover was in Incheon, Korea so we got to eat yummy Korean food, visit the Korea Culture center to create traditional crafts, and tryout some new technology to help us learn about Korean sites and culture.
We visited various places in Yangon from modern new malls very similar to home to traditional markets just off the local train stop! We also ran into a lighting festival, visited the bus cafe, and got to take a kickboxing class!
Shwedagon Pagoda is over 2600 years old and is one of the most sacred sites in Myanmar and for Buddhists worldwide
Circle Train and Local Market
Time for kickboxing!