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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From this GCW course, I had many experiences that taught me about self sustainability.  Because the world does not have infinite resources, human beings have to be careful about the amount of materials that they use.  In the Panya Project however, the people live almost completely dependent on the resources that they can obtain by themselves without the help of materialistic goods.  They grow their own food, provide their own shelter and furniture, and anything else that they need for a sustainable living.  As a highschool student in Thailand, I am admittedly materialistic, and this course had provided me with a revelation that the world does not have the resources needed for sustainability for future generations of humans.  This caused me to think about what I buy and “consume”.  For example, before buying a product, I should see whether or not the product is bad for the environment.

As for myself, I think I’ve learned quite a lot about myself.  First of all, I feel like I actually care more than before.  Before going on this trip, I did not really think about things like the environment (although I was exposed to it.)  I did not think that I would care about such a thing like the environment, but after going on the trip, I actually do care to some extent.  I feel like I would like to try and live a life in sustainability in the future.  Because the place was so relaxing, I really had time to reflect on my life there.

As a person, I think I’ve grown quite a lot.  Before the trip, like I said earlier, I did not really care about anything, but now that I have had been exposed to an environment full of nature around us, I really have the will to protect it and hope that people in the future have the chance to experience what I can experience today.

The experience was surprisingly enjoyable.  At first, I decided to go on the trip because I wanted to be with my friends on the same trip.  But ultimately, it ended up being one of the best trips I have ever experienced in my life.  Not only were my friends awesome to hang out with, the relaxing atmosphere of the Panya Project, the welcoming attitude of the people there, the amazing food really enhanced the experience.  I even hope I could go in the future.

One of the most challenging parts of the course is dealing with a life without technology.  Although most of brought our iPods and listened to music at night, we did not have any at all compared to what we are used to at home in Bangkok.  But to be honest, this was not much of a challenge at all because the fun we had there made up for the lack of technology.  The most awarding part of the course on the contrary was the fun I had there.  Namely the mud fight.  Near the end, we all had one huge mud fight which was an awesome experience because we had lots of fun.

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This GCW trip was a great learning experience for me because everyday, something new happened. The volunteers living out there were trying to get away from the stressful, complicated lifestyle of the big city by getting together and creating a self-sustained environment. They grew their own vegetables and fruits in the gardens and built their own housing using mud as bricks rather than going out an buying commercial products that would harm the environment or generally cost way too much anyways. Their way of living was environmentally healthy because they weren’t contributing to the pollution that has plagued Earth for numerous generations and their lives are very equal which means that they share the work and nobody gets to sit back and relax while the others work, which occurs in large companies and corporations around the world. When I found out about the vegetarian only diet, I thought that I would starve because I am not a huge fan of vegetables and fruits, but from time to time I do manage to force them down. I was grateful and surprised to find out that such a diet can be extremely delicious while still being healthy and the fruits that they grew at Panya were by far the best I’ve ever tasted in my life. Another thing I’ve learned about myself is that I’m eager to learn about anything that isn’t schoolwork, even if other activities can be tougher to accomplish, I would rather prefer working at Panya to school but I know that isn’t a very rational plan. The community at Panya is very teamwork based and from my time there I believe that I’ve come to appreciate the help of others and to enjoy the company of good people. Those are the two major changes I’ve noticed in my life during, and after returning to Bangkok.

The trip was nothing like I had expected from first reading about it. The sleeping location was remarkable but unfortunately the weather at night turned very nasty and throughout the trip there were many complaints although nothing could be done except throw a few more blankets over yourself while you slept. The variety of activities was another surprise because I thought all we would be doing was wallowing in the mud and constructing random buildings. I had no idea that the listed activities would include, decoration, gardening and bamboo work as well. Finally, when the news arrived that there was no meat to be had, I was very worried, I thought how could I survive one whole week on a no-meat diet? From the very first day, my perception of such a diet changed from the moment I tasted the cooking, absolutely marvelous!

The most challenging part of the trip for me had to be the brutal nights. Since the first night was such a surprise for most of us, we didn’t pile on blankets or wear socks and sweaters, I was one that was impacted greatly from the cold because I had gotten sick and was sick for most of the trip. Fortunately, other than dealing with the cold, I had no challenging moments because of the help of the volunteers and friends in each activity. The most rewarding part was meeting new people on the trip. We all got to meet the amazing volunteers at Panya who made the trip exciting and there was never a dull moment when one of them was around. I also met some people from ISB, students and teachers and I must say that the trip would have been a lot less extraordinary if even one person was missing. I loved this trip and hopefully my choice next year will be just as good!

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For this year’s Global Citizen Week, I went to participate in Panya Project. This course’s purpose is to learn about a permaculture and a sustainable living. When we arrived, we were first introduced to how the living in this total nature works, from the bathroom, shower’s hot water, dish washing. There were 4 bathrooms; however we were told that only one of them can be used. Because the other three bathrooms are filled with the compound that is starting to change into real compound that can be used to give some nutrients to plants so that the vegetables grow healthier. It’s not only that the poops turn themselves into compound but the process of pouring the rice husks on them. And also mixing with tree branches, leaves, soil, and oxygen and turning them over each 2 days for around 18 days can make them into real compound. I was very surprised by how all these processes can be done with only what they have at that place and without any thing that affect the earth negatively. One of the things that challenged me was the shower. Each day, the hot water is limited as they were made during the day. What I surprised was that the hot water is also made by the heat of the compound. It was the first time to know that the process of making the compound can produce the heat. This was the first thing that I realized was very ecofriendly in this trip. But the problem is that in order for everybody to take a hot shower, we had to reduce the amount of water we use each time. I never had this problem before because in my house we can use as much water as we want because there is no limit to it. It was also a struggle to take a shower in darkness. From this trip, I learned about mayself that I kind of like this living and spending time with people and animals not the internet of electric stuff, such as iPod. And planting the flowers and making the places beautiful. I also realized that I can live without the meatJ One thing that I didn’t expect was the people in the Panya. I was totally thinking that the stuff in the Panya are Thai people and actually it wasn’t. People were mostly coming from Europe, America, Japan. Only the cookers were Thai. I also didn’t expect that the entire thing that we do in Panya are natural and sustainable. I was very inspired by the way that many of the decorations in the kitchen, bathroom, dorm were made by the natural things found within the area of Panya. When I came back home, I found out that I am using way too much water during the shower time and the shampoo and soap I use to clean are affecting the environment. One thing that I really enjoyed the most was the mud house making. I was very surprised by the techniques they use to build the house. Of course all the things that we used to build the sauna were all natural, from clay, rice husks, straw, and water. Many rice husks are put for the clay not to be cracked during the drying. It was very fun to step on the mad mixture because it was something that cannot be done in normal life. Over all, this trip became one of my very exciting memories during the high school. I had met some very great people. By the last day of the trip, we all loved each other. It was very difficult to say good bye to them. In the future, if I have the chance, I would like to visit them again and learned more about the permaculture and self- sustainable living.

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