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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During the GCW week in Nepal, I’ve learned many things about the global issue, community service project, the culture and myself.

Some global issues that were shocking to see are global warming, pollution and rapid population growth or crowdedness in Nepal. While we were trekking at Mt. Himalaya, the guides told us that the snow is melting so rapidly that we might not be able to see the snow at our final spot, Poon Hill. Even though we were able to see snow at Poon Hill, I was clearly able to feel that global warming is “on its way”. Also, Kathmandu was really dusty and obviously suffering from air pollution. The air was so bad that we did not want to open the window in the van even though it was really hot inside. And, I was able to see many people coughing on the street. Furthermore, there were so many people on the street that it was hard to walk on a street without hitting someone on the shoulder or arm. Also, while trekking, I saw many old women holding their babies which displays the rapid population growth in Nepal due to the onrush of industrialization.

For the community service project, we went to Moonlight school which is located in Thamel City, Kathmandu. The founder of the school, Santoshi, chooses children who do not have parents or enough money to go to school and provides with food, place to sleep and gives some education to the children. These children who were mostly aged from 6 to 9 learned English at Moonlight school and we visited the school and became one-day teachers. On the first day of the visit, the students sang some songs following their teachers and my eyes became watery not because I felt bad for them but because I was so happy for the children who are so bright even though they are in not a good situation. And, I felt so lucky to meet these bright and energetic children. On the second day of the visit, we went to the monkey temple. I had two children in my hands and they were so cute and smart. At the end of the trip, I actually missed “my children” so much that I wished we had spent more time with the children rather than trekking for 5 days.

The Nepali culture was really unique. According to the guides, when China conquered Tibet, Nepali people allowed Tibet people to live on their land. For this reason, in Nepal, there’s Hinduism and Buddhism. 80% of the population believes in Buddhism. Yet Nepali people follow the Caste system of Hinduism. Also, we visited this temple where there’s 7-years-old living goddess. When I saw her and looked around the temple, I could feel that the religion is really powerful in Nepal and it was amazing to see this because in my home country, Korea, we do not feel strongly in any religion.

Lastly, on the trip, I learned many things about myself. To be honest, I did not really want to go to this trip even though Nepal was my first choice for GCW. The only reason why I chose this trip is friends. Many of my friends wanted to go to Nepal and yes, that was why I chose it. I did not know anything about Nepal and the trip plan. So when I first heard about trekking for seven hours a day, I was terrified. I was not sure whether I can do this. Also, while I was trekking, I had thoughts of giving up every time when I was placed in an extreme situation. However, I had my friends cheering me. Also, I thought “I came up this far. So what is the point of staying back and going down?” The worst day of all was, I think, when I had to wake up at 3:30 to see the sun rise at Poon Hill. The trail was really slippery and since it was midnight, I was hardly able to see anything. I had to rely on my flash light. Most of the time I used my flash light to see the upcoming trail whether there’s rock in my way or not. While we were resting, I unconsciously moved my flash light to the cliff which was covered with snow and I felt like I’m going to fall off the cliff. However, I’ve pushed myself really hard and gone beyond myself and I felt really proud of myself.

I recommend this trip to other people. Plus, I hope other IASAS schools to visit Moonlight school and support it. This trip is truly amazing that makes you think about your life and almost everything. Even though the trekking can become really difficult and exhausting, after all, you can see the beautiful scenery and you will have the feeling that you’ve gone beyond your limit.

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The Global Citizenship Week this year for me was incredible rewarding. Not only was I able to visit an incredibly beautiful country enriched which culture and trek through the Himalayas, but I got to spend time bonding with absolutely wonderful kids who are getting this great opportunity to receive an education.

I expected the trekking on this trip to be challenging but never had it occurred to be that it was going to be that difficult. On the first half-second day I was exhausted climbing up stair after stair after stair. However every hour or so we’d get to stop and look up from the ground and see such amazing views that I hope I never forget. By the end of the day when we reached the snow and everyone began to relax, I really got to take in this amazing place I was able to witness. Every moment in the mountains was absolutely breathtaking and it really made me realize how important it is to take advantage of the little pleasures we get in like. By the time we began climbing Poon hill at 5am, I was just about ready to quit. I was exhausted and freezing cold, my friends and I took a break to look out onto the mountains and see the wonderful view, and it was then that I just thought to myself how much it would be worth it to see the sun rise at the top, and so I kept on going. Making it to the top of Poon hill and climbing up to 3210 meters was definitely one of the most rewarding part of the trip. I realized I’m capable of much more and my outlook on taking advantage of opportunities in life really opened up.

 

Throughout of trekking adventure we’d often see the Sherpa’s haling up loads of baggage or food and supplied, carrying them all attached to a think cloth hooked over their head. I felt terrible that they had to do this as their job, we’d see Sherpas in flip flops breathing long hard breaths as they slowly made their way up the endless stairs from village to village. But when our trek came to an end we were able to meet our Sherpas and give them their well-deserved paycheck, I was glad that they weren’t just porters we’d see carry our things, but people who we were able to introduce ourselves to.

The rest of the week was spent with the kids at the Moonlight School in Kathmandu teaching them games, singing songs, and taking them on fieldtrips. Even though this was considered the service part of our trip, I felt like they were helping me much more then I was helping them. I taught them how to play Simon says when they taught me that you don’t need much to be absolutely happy in life. Running around with them, giggling and pointing out monkeys to each other at the temple reminded me of how easy it was to find joy in the simplest things.

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For my last GCW trip I decided to go to Nepal. Reading the course
description I knew it was going to be an unforgettable trip. The
highlight of this expedition was climbing up Poon Hill. Initially,
I thought it was going to be a simply hike up and down but after
the first day my legs had already begun to shake. I have never done
anything like this before but I was glad that I was brave enough to
try something new. What made the trek much easier was the spectacular
view that surrounded us which consisted of the rice paddies, trees
10 times taller than me and even a waterfall. We all hiked with our
friends but at times I stopped to catch a breath. I will never forget
the tranquility and quietness of the forest. Its moments like this I
think that reminds us to stop, look around and reflect on our lives.

The second half of the trip we were in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital.
There I met some of the cutest and happiest children. These kids attend
the school called the Moonlight school which was founded by our tour
guide, Santosh. He provided all the children in his school which a free
education. I cannot image what these children have experience coming
from the undeveloped parts of the nation. What surprised me the most
was how before some of the students attended the school they did not
have a name neither did they know their age. I believe that every child
in this world should be loved and be given the right to have an
education. During the two days we spent with them I wanted to give them
to have the best time. We danced and sang songs and even visited a
couple temples together. It was after this experience that I truly
understood how fortunate I am be going to ISB. These kids have taught me
to appreciate what I have. I truly do not know how these children wake up
every morning with a smile on their faces.

During the trip I also learned a lot about the cultures and traditions of
Nepal. By observing the city and the multiple temples and understood their
importance of religion. The majority of the people were either buddhist or
hindu. Even though the city was as crowded as it is, they still kept and
maintain every religious monument. By walking around shopping for souvenirs
I saw how many of the handy crafts were similar to those in India but they
had implemented their own twist to it. A week in Nepal was definitely not
enough as there was still so much more to explore and learn about the
country.

Lastly I would like to thanks everyone who made this trip enjoyable and
memorable this includes teachers, tour guides and my classmates.

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