My first week in Middle School was really busy I rarely had time in between classes.Also, there are new teachers, new classes, new rules, new friends, and of course new activities. I think that a metaphor is when you compare a thing you don’t really have a clear picture of, with a thing you are sure you now about. The way I chose my metaphor is because since we are in Bangkok and the city was busy and there are a lot of cars, that made me come up with the idea of  choosing a city as my background and the base for my metaphor. The connection of middle school with my metaphor is since  I never came  to middle school, its as if I walk into a city I never visited (except for bridge day.) Another connection, is that middle school is busy and there are a lot of people talking so that compares to cars honking their horn nosily.

 

 

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I think that the best part about grade 4 was that I was lucky to have a awesome teacher like Ms.Bellone. Ms.Bellone is so nice our class has special privelages like playing games getting homework passes. I think everybody in my class agrees.

I have made lots of friends in the time I have been here and I fit very well my class, I think that having friends is very important in life.

I think that being in 4th grade means quite a lot because next year we are 5th graders at the very top of elemantary school and the little kids look up to us like giants.

A very fun part was the 4th grade book awards we found out which books got voted the winner in there topic it is fun because we did not know who won so it was a surprise.

Bye till next year adam

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I think that some areas of the world are richer than others, because of what kind of people live there, and what kind of taxes they pay. In america, the government lives mostly of the taxes of the people. While in richer countries, there are less taxes, indicating that the governments in those areas are poorer. In short, the governments depend on the people to make themselves richer.

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My academic goals

  • To get an A or B on my grade.
  • Learn more about this subject to get good at this.
  • Get more skills to prove this subject. Like writing, spelling, and reading.

My social goal

  • To recognize how the world is going on and how the world will happen in the future.

My personal goal

  • To learn more vocabularies to get good of English. And especially don’t forget my homework.

 

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Ever since my freshman year I’ve tried to get this trip, and the year it is my second choice I get it. That aside, this trip was totally worth the wait, because I got to kayak through rapids and float in an inner tube down a massive river. Most of the things done on this trip were fun, the kayaking, the camping and riddles kept us entertained throughout the trip, and in between these events we usually played card games such as Mafia or Blackjack.

But fun is not the only thing we had during this trip, we saw a large portion of the Lao culture during our visits of the local community. We visited a local school where we asked some students some general questions like what they want to be when they grow up, or the sorts. It is interesting how most of the students wanted to join the public sector of Laos and contribute to the local community as teachers, mechanics or policemen. The best students in the class were also rewarded with a red neck tie, and these students all sat at the front of the classroom. The red neck tie is a sign of great potential and those with the ties can get scholarships to go to university. Our group played soccer with these people, and we were able to manage a few goals, but we were wearing shoes while they were bare foot.

We also visited a local village where we stayed the night. The houses were on stilts to avoid floods and most of the community consisted of farmers. We were introduced to the religious belief of these people, a belief that 32 spirits live in the human body and that they sometimes escape their host. During a ritual the local shaman called these spirits back for us by chanting in Lao and giving everyone a string armband. These are supposed to be worn until they fall off naturally.

Some local women were also asked some questions about their personal lives. They generally had multiple children, of which they sent some to school while keeping others to take care for their parents. When asked whether they ever considered moving to the bigger cities they replied that they were not interested because they would have to compete with other families/firms, whereas their current lifestyle good and enough to support the family.

It is also intriguing how every house in this little community had a pig and a few dogs. The pigs were kept to kill later, whereas the dogs were kept as companions and to safeguard their property. They keep their own pigs because it is cheaper for them.

All in all this was a really interesting trip, and the most fun I had was during the rapids where my boat tipped over a few times. Besides the fun we also learned a great deal about the Lao people and gave me an experience I will never forget.

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GCW Laos was an amazing trip. I learned a lot about the culture of Laos. First of all Kayaking was an awesome combination of hard work and fun. One of the most amazing things about the trip was definitely to visit the local school. Unfortunately we only got to see one local school since we ran out of time. We didn’t get to spend much time at the school, but the time we got to spend there was really enjoyable. Trying to teach them a few words in English is one of my best achievements ever. It was a hard challenge to make them understand the meaning, but to get them to repeat was easy. I would say “My name is Jo” and they would repeat and say my name instead of theirs. Besides trying to teach them how to speak English we also taught them how to do the ”limbo” game where you have to get low in your hips and try to get under the stick without touching it. They found it funny, and us as well when 10 kids at the same time wanted to just run under it instead of waiting in a line. As well as we taught them something they taught us a lot. They taught us how to enjoy live without internet, xbox 360, Ps3, Iphones etc. It was just touching how they were enjoying themselves with a stick, and something else which was quite amazing called “the krak”. The “krak” was a basically volleyball played with your feet instead of hands and with a ball made of wooden sticks. The game was about kicking the ball over the net and if not you got a point. The team (of 3) that first gets to 15 points wins. I didn’t get to play soccer with them but it seemed like they were enjoying playing a lot and especially with the soccer balls we gave them. Giving them; pens/pencils etc. toys and soccer balls was one of the best feelings in the world. If you took a look at their faces you could really see how much it meant to them.

Another thing that was a huge experience and that remains a memory for live were when we stayed one night in a local village. It was fun how we had to shower in the river. Kayaking there was awesome, since it was pretty hard to get there, even though the current was pretty strong and with us. Before we came to village we made a stop on a small Island which was really relaxing and enjoyable. I liked the fact that we had a couple of hours to just relax and swim in the river.

The time we got to spend in the village was amazing. The locals brought us to a ceremony where we were all gathered around a Buddha figure and prayed (tried to connect). While praying the elders went around giving us bracelets that would bring us luck in the future. It was really interesting the way they did this, I felt like I was a part of their community and felt home right away.

All together this has been one of the most amazing trips in my life. Amazing friends, teachers, culture as well as country. I feel like I learned a lot about the culture of Laos but more important I learned a lot of new things about myself and the world we live in.

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                Our trip to Laos taught me a number of lessons. The first and most obvious was the significance of the sense of community. It struck me clearly how much the Laotians value the people, the culture, and the tradition of their country. When asking school children what they wanted to become when they grew up, the answer that came out of the mouths of those 12 to 15 year olds shocked us all. Som-O, the 12 year old student that I interviewed, smiled shyly as she replied, “A teacher, so that I can educate the children just like my teacher now.” Another male student around the same age as Som-O explained that he wanted to become a doctor to help his aging parents who were both very weak. These two occupations were the reoccurring patterns for most students in the classroom. It was quite easy to detect the common denominator behind these children’s ambitions, which is community. Unlike many of us international students who would answer businessman, celebrity, or any other profession that would earn a lot of money, the Laotian children living in poorer conditions wanted nothing more than to repay the town that they grew up in. It was a painful realization that their lack of opportunity and our given luck led us to such different paths and different intentions.

                Another life-changing understanding of mine that sparked from interacting with the Laotians was that money cannot buy happiness. I was always quite wary about the saying. Even if money couldn’t buy happiness, I thought, it definitely helps. I was wrong. On a dirt school playground with patches of dry grass and an old net hanging on two wooden poles, I had one of the best days of my life. We played takraw, a Thai football game using just a small ball made of wood. I played tag with the little kids and still remember every name and every face that looked up at me with a mischievous smile and a few missing teeth. True, money can bring you satisfaction, but it is only short-term. I remember when I first got my own laptop that I was so happy I thought I was going to be grateful forever. Nothing could have been further from the truth. I get terribly impatient when the internet is slow, or if I cannot find the link to a TV show that I want to watch, and I often am shocked by how much time I waste every day just staring at the screen for hours and hours.

It would be dishonest to say that I will dedicate all my future decisions to help my community, or that I will let go of my greed of money and be satisfied with only what I have. That is not what I have taken out from the lessons that the Laotians have so prominently implanted in my mind. However, I will no longer act oblivious to my selfishness or dependency on material goods. I know that it’s a big part of who I am, and will not deny my faults. I will always remember in the back of mind that that the things I may want are not the most important things in life and although I may not revolve my entire decision around them, I will try to incorporate both lessons into what I choose.

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