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A must do experience
Submitted by Dave Kiernan - Sydney Australia | September 28, 2016
I would just like to share my volunteer teaching experience with you. The month in Bang Rachan, Singburi was absolutely amazing and our hosts Rob and Pooh, made us feel like part of their extended family.
The teachers and students at the local temple school were enthusiastic, welcoming and receptive, making us feel extremely comfortable. The Students are a delight!!
Living with the Thai family in extremely clean and comfortable accommodation allowed us to embrace the true Thai culture and getting to know neighbours and locals in this rural community enabled us to experience many amazing things that are well outside any average Thailand holiday.
As an experienced Thai Restaurant cook, Miss Pooh serves meals that are better than anything I've experienced in top Thai restaurants and the variety was astounding. She is happy to share all her cooking secrets with you.
I could go on for hours about the generosity of our hosts who showed us all the local sights, introduced us to the best eateries and ensured all of our needs and requirements were fulfilled.
Witnessing locals constructing traditional brooms made from palm tree fronds, collecting coconuts and de-husking by the old traditional methods, grating coconut were just some of the many experiences.
One neighbour uses trained squirrels to collect nuts from high in the trees.
The Thai locals, by our standards are extremely poor, however, they are rich in terms of embracing a true sense of family and community.
Anyone contemplating a holiday to Thailand should consider a trip to Bang Rachan which is a couple of hours north of Bangkok and stay with Rob and Pooh. Volunteering at the local school is the bonus.
You will leave Thailand a lot richer for the experience.
I am planning my next trip for the new year !!!
Thailand Teach responded to this review September 30, 2016 at 4:22 AM
Big thanks to who we affectionately call Professor Dave for his time teaching the students and Ms. Pooh the art of Bonsai.
His generosity, preparation, commitment and involvement added encouragement to the people running the program.
He truly made a difference and has the respect and admiration of everyone associated with Thailand Teach . Simply Grouse <3 .
Hope we got the right Australian slang word.
Grouse - means outstanding, tremendous.
An incredible experience
Submitted by Orlagh - UCD | September 21, 2016
My time teaching English with Thailand Teach was an incredible experience that I will cherish forever. I spent one week teaching the students of the local temple school in Sing Buri, a beautiful rural community approximately two hours outside Bangkok full of friendly smiles, rice fields and mango trees. At first I was nervous as I had never been to Thailand and it was a completely new setting and culture for me. However, upon arriving Robert and Pooh were more than helpful and accommodating to me and my friends and we settled right in. Both Robert and Pooh are extremely kind and caring people who went out of their way in making our experience enjoyable. Their love and knowledge for their community and the work they do is clear teaching us about the unique Thai culture. They brought us on many trips and advised us on the rest of our travels giving us tips and knowledge when traveling Thailand. Not to forget Pooh’s amazing cooking we looked forward to every evening after school. The school I was based in was a short walk from Robert and Pooh’s house the coordinators of Thailand teach. The school has a very comfortable and friendly feeling to it. The children were extremely friendly, well behaved, mannerly and eager to learn making my experience unforgettable. The students had a great bond and it was clear to see that they really cared for one another always doing their best to help each other. The wonderful people I met, the moments shared with the students, the experiences lived I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I would strongly recommend Thailand teach to anyone interested in teaching aboard however I feel a week was too short after bonding with the students and exploring the local area I would have liked to stay longer and was sad to leave. I hope to return again in the future, thanks again Rob and Pooh.
Amazing 3 weeks
Submitted by Maeva Schilliger - Essec Business School | August 30, 2016
I loved the 3 weeks that I spent with Robert, Pooh and their lovely family! It has been an incredible experience! I was a teacher for kids at the local school (very close from Robert and Pooh's house). The kids were adorable and it was a real pleasure to spend 4-5 days per week with them!
During the week ends, we were most of the time travelling (we went to Pattaya, Bangkok and Aytthaya) . Robert and Pooh helped us a lot to find places to stay while we were travelling and also helped us to plan our journey.
The homestay is located in the north of bangkok and it is really easy to go to bangkok by bus (approximately 2-3hours).
I would recommend this experience to any traveller looking for vacation in a great and authentic place with lovely people who loves to share their culture and their knowledge to make the stay of their guests as good as possible.
I am looking forward to be back in Singburi as soon as I can.
Thank you again Pooh and Robert
Submitted by Pablo - Albacete Spain | August 16, 2016
We have spent 2 weeks with Rob, Pooh & family in their guesthouse. I have stayed with my wife and 2 kids (5 and 7 years old).
We have been in a school located in Bang Rachan, near the house as volunteers. Assisting in English classes with kids of this rural area.
I encourage everyone to try this experience to share some time in the schools with the local kids and stuff so you can understand better Thai lifestyle and culture and help the community.
The stay in the guesthouse has been awesome because Rob and Pooh are the best! They have helped us in everything as part of the family.
They prepare great food and you can learn how to cook Thai food.
You have to be prepared to live in the countryside, that means: hot, humidity, mosquitoes, some bugs, lizards and so on. If you are good with that you'll have a great time here.