Coming through! - We get mulenshin (local rice/tapioca balls filled with coconut) from her everytime. She's quite popular and is usually sold out when the market closes.
SELF - CONFIDENCE // Within only 3 months, our interns have grown so much confidence in themselves. One of them is especially ecstatic as she has improved the most in her English. Even during the water festival, she studied everyday by herself. This focus and new-found confidence can be applied to anything she sets her mind to. We're proud of all of them - they're not only improving themselves, but setting a positive example for others in their community!
Happy International Nurses Day! Chloe's mom and a nurse they met while in Sittwe. #internationalnursesday
Are they happy with me? Do they feel secure and comfortable? Are they willing to learn seriously? Do I know how long they can resist the pressure from me? How much pressure should I push them? Do I know how to comfort them in case they feel down? From my own teaching experience, I try to keep all of these thoughts in mind. Yet when listening to different teachers in rural regions (especially young teachers) they rarely ask these questions. // Aung Free, NEH Teacher Trainee. #happyteachersappreciationweek
Washing dishes after lunch with the novices.
STRONG WILL // I'm still impressed how Teacher Chloe turned me into what I'm doing right now. I'm not comparing myself with her, but just observing how much an impact an experienced teacher can have on her trainee. She rarely showed disappointment in my lesson plan, even when I didn't progress quickly; and her patience definitely helped me feel secure and confident in teaching, knowing she understood me or would not blame me if I made mistakes. As I work with our interns, I'm realizing more and more that it takes a lot of patience to teach, time to see the desired results, a team all focused with the same vision, and a very strong will to keep going. // Aung Free, NEH Teacher Trainee
10 hours on motorbike - our teacher trainee traveled from northern to southern Rakhine. Yes, a bit sore but safe and sound!
We're back after the water festival holiday! While it was nice meeting family and friends, the weather was scorching hot!
Happy Water Festival and Myanmar New Year! // My teacher trainee doesn’t like the wild display of animalistic pleasure. He views it in a skeptical manner of boys getting drunk and fighting, money being wasted on throwing water and people inevitably ending up with a cold after 2 or 3 hours of having river water thrown in their faces. I dislike the drunkenness and the fighting, of course. But I think that perhaps it is better to spend cash on water than on drinks; although maybe that is naive of me and people feel the need to spend money on both. I will concede that the event is a lot more sexualized than I would ever imagine from the Myanmar I have come to know. // Chloe Smith, NEH Director of Studies and Teacher Trainer // Continue reading MYANMAR WATER FESTIVAL on our blog (link in bio).