Aude : « Teaching at TMK was not only about a teacher sharing his/her knowledge to the students, it was about a team growing up all together »
Hello everyone! My name is Aude, I am 25 years and I have stayed at Thoo Mweh Khee Learning center for 10 months with Melina and Lucas, other AIME volunteers. I have taught Economics, English, Maths and Project Management to BLA students.
Thoo Mweh Khee is a school located in Thailand, close from the border with Myanmar and it is dedicated to Karen students to learn there. Around 800 students are enrolled and the school offers programs for primary, middle school, high school and also has a Bachelor in Liberal Arts (BLA) that students who finished high school study for 5 years. The school has a team of about 50 teachers for all levels, who have the same goal: to help Karen youth getting a strong education to improve their future.
This experience was new for me, even though I already volunteered abroad in the past. I didn’t know anything about teaching and Karen culture. But once I arrived at TMK and I got to meet with the students and other teachers, I was more motivated than ever to try the challenge of teaching. Everyone was so kind and willing to help in any situation and I never felt left behind, they integrated me in their community as a member of this big family.
This year cannot be summed up only with teaching the academic curriculum. I invested my time in activities such as organizing a cinema night, creating a correspondence between my English students and a class of high school students in France, and giving a training about how to use social networks to the students. We were free to take any initiatives that would beneficiate to the students, thanks to the directors who trust us.
Thoo Mweh Khee was magic to me. The school is built in the middle of the nature, surrounded by beautiful landscapes, and there is an incredible view on the fields and mountains. TMK is far from the city and traffic but this place is always livingful thanks to the school, students life and events organized there, such as concerts or sport competitions. Apart of being close from the nature, it was amazing to see how fast the school was evolving to make it a better place for the students to learn.
Living at TMK allowed me to bond with the students and with time, I considered them more as my younger siblings. We didn’t have a relationship teacher/students like we usually have in France. We used to joke with each other, sharing about our lives and experiences and giving advices to each other. They lit up my days with their smile, kindness and energy, reminding me in the harder moments why I chose this project. Teaching at TMK was not only about a teacher sharing his/her knowledge to the students, it was about a team growing up all together.
I am now back in France, but my head and heart are still at Thoo Mweh Khee.