Life at Camp: Bangkok
What can be said about Bangkok that you have not heard before? How can I describe this amazing city where I have lived and worked over the last few years? Bangkok is full of the most exciting and unique experiences you will ever imagine. Love it or hate it, Bangkok offers endless opportunities and a real look as to what its like to live in a modern city in Asia. Like other Asian cities, Bangkok is densely populated, and therefore, can be easily navigated. With a straightforward rail system comprised of a subway and a skytrain, it is easy to travel from one end of the city to another. You can visit huge shopping centers, the Golden city where the King resides, and ancient temples all in the same day. Bangkok offers all the comforts of Western society with wifi and computer labs everywhere you turn, and wide range of restaurants pleasing to a foreign palette. Global Teaching Adventures made Bangkok its home over ten years ago. The original creators of this organization have seen it all, the tsunami in Phi Phi, the shootings in Bangkok, and great floods that have completely wiped out suburbs of the city. It is amazing to hear all the changes that have taken place here; Global Teaching Adventures has seen growth and development in Thailand and they have learned to adapt with the changes. One thing remains constant, their presence in Bangkok, offering an immense amount of opportunities to teach and volunteer abroad. English camps in Bangkok are hard work, but the payoff is totally worth it and I feel a real sense of accomplishment whenever I participate in these camps.
The camps in Bangkok give insight as to what it would be like to live and work in Thailand as a paid teacher. We visit local schools where you find many students have had experience with a foreign teacher and they may even have a background of English skills they have previously learned in school. Here, in the capital, English is a sought after skill and can improve the lives of most for a variety of reasons. We are highly respected for volunteering our skills and I find that the camps in Bangkok always help to build my confidence, as well as, challenge me to develop my skills and teaching tactics. We usually build close relationships with the students in Bangkok because they are so eager to learn.
The days are jam packed with lessons and nights are filled with unique experiences in the wild nightlife of this bustling city. We visit unforgettable markets, like JJ Market on the outskirts of town, which can only be describe as city itself. You should set aside an entire day to tackle JJ Market and you will still find the new and unusual souvenirs each time you visit. Bangkok is also the place where you get a real taste for Thai food. I love the smells, sights, and sounds of the city, its like you are being encourage to take chances. Whenever people ask me, "Would I really like to work in Bangkok and not the beach?" I always answer "Yes!" This city can offer you an amazing teaching abroad experience and reward you in ways you never imagined.
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- Johna Hunger