Written by John E C Jansen and Roan M Brinkhorst, Year 9R
Year 9 had a spectacular week at the Maekok River Village, the wonderful resort in which they stayed. The resort itself hosted several of the many exhilarating activities, some situated in the resort and some off campus, all of which Year 9 had fun doing. A main highlight of the week was a trip to the local school ‘Ban Pa Daeng.’ The students thoroughly enjoyed working hand in hand with 2 classes per group (of fives) as they taught them some basic English words, ranging from verbs to transport, and of course afterwards the great experience of enjoying games of football and volleyball with and against the local students.
Another of the activities was the tiring but rewarding 12 km trek, stopping at a waterfall for some packed lunch, while of course enjoying the beautiful view of the inner depths of the forest and the valley. All students found this trek to be one of the most rewarding and the best group bonding experiences, only hindered by the occasional slip or scratch. Other team building activities throughout the week included kayaking, cooking and rock wall climbing.
After the tiring day out, students enjoyed free-time after dinner until 9pm. Many socialised with a game of cards or some ‘around the world’ ping-pong, However, the more energetic few, played a friendly game of pool or beach volleyball, in the provided facilities.
A small group of students enjoyed their daily match of basketball with another habitant school within the resort, Cambrough. This provided opportunities for our students to socialise with people who they were not familiar with, and they were quite successful in making some new friends.
Overall, the trip was a fantastic opportunity for all students to socialise as well as open themselves up to activities that may or may not have been in their comfort zone, while still enjoying it. Chiang Mai was a great and fantastic way to end the year and an enjoyable one too!
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