Today I taught my last class in Thailand.
When I went to school this morning, I didn’t know this would be my last day of teaching. Mid-morning, I overheard a conversation in Thai mentioning something to the effect of “last day of school on Friday.” To which I expressed surprise, and it was communicated to me that this is actually the last week of school, and the kindergarteners take their exams tomorrow and Friday, so my lessons for those days are cancelled.
Thanks, folks, for keeping me up-to-date. So much for my planned review lessons next week.
Anyhow. Armed with a book, some flashcards, and an iPad I headed to the preschool classroom for my last-ever class with them, and my last-ever class in Thailand as well. When I finished, the class stood to say their final “Thaaaannnnnk you TeachEH Ahleesa” for the year. About two syllables in, one student projectile vomited all over himself, 5 classmates, and the Thai teacher, while I quietly slipped out of the classroom in the midst of the ensuing chaos.
Classic ending right there.
I still have to go into work the next couple days to do some desk warming and test grading, and I’ll go back next Sunday for the K3 kids’ graduation ceremony. In between, I’ll be trying to sort out the last of the logistics for my move to Burma.
I mean, Myanmar.
(Post-Arrival Goal #1: Figure out the name of the country I’m living in. For an in-depth look at the question, check out this article from the Washington Post.)
The details, for those out of the loop: I’m going to be teaching at a kindergarten in Rangoon (or Yangon?) for the summer term, starting on March 12th. As of right now, I’ll only be in Myanmar for two-ish months, so I plan to come back to the States by June.
I don’t really know what to expect from Burma/Myanmar, but if this photo of the embassy in Bangkok where I went last week to get my visa gives any indication, I’m in for an…eh…experience?
I’m excited though, and really interested to see Myanmar first-hand. Thanks for reading!