Category Archives: ImPressed by DEPDC/GMS

Meet an international volunteer: Peter

img_1245The International Department would like to introduce Peter. He joined our organization almost three weeks ago. Peter teaches English to the children here at DEPDC and the Community Learning Centre, but he also helps the other staff with documents and these blogs.

Peter is from the Netherlands and got to know Thailand during an elective track in “Human rights and security” at Thammasat University in Bangkok, whilst he was doing his master’s degree in Global Health. Peter has previous experience working with children, whilst doing his bachelor in Social Work and his education in becoming a group-home worker, which does comes in handy working here. Peter has quite an extensive resume, from which he draws inspiration for this organization.  img_1254

Peter says that he is inspired to help change the situation for the best for these children. And that he knows that education can be the key for this change. The children really seem to like him and are amazed about his size and they often come up to him to compare their length. During the last Sports Day he was part of the black team and even though he wasn’t very athletic during most events, he was skilled at the tug of war. fullsizerender_4

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The Annual Sports Day

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A tradition here at DEPDC is the annual sports day, a day that allows the children to exercise and learn important skills. Skills like teamwork, discipline and respect. The children were divided into two teams, the black and the blue team for which they cheered fiercely.img_1189

This year’s Sports Day included the usual activities such as the sprint, sack hop and the spoon race. There were also some less conventional games, like a game where a Ping-Pong ball needed to be hit across the Finnish line by hitting it with a bottle of water on a string around their hips; a hurdle run, where every hurdle was something to do or eat.  The games started and all the students cheered on their classmates as they ran, hopped, and occasionally ate their way across the finish line. And even towards the end of the day during the final competition, tug-of-war, no one seemed to tire or give up.  Snacks were distributed to all the participants after each event and again at the closing ceremony.

img_1254At the end of the day, we recognized our winning team, had closing ceremonies, and sent the kids off happy from their day’s exertions and fun.img_1227

Impressed: Shan Life Skills & Family Issues

“Shan Life Skills and Family Issues”

Sound clip from the Shan programme on Child Voice Radio, our very own radio station at DEPDC/GMS. ‘Shan Life Skills and Familie Issues’ airs daily from 5.00 to 6.00pm on our local frequency FM 90.0 MHz.

The Shan are a Tai ethnic group of Southeast Asia. They live primarily in the Shan State of Myanmar (Burma), but also inhabit parts of Mandalay Division, Kachin State, and Kayin State, and in adjacent regions of China and Thailand. Though no reliable census has been taken in Myanmar since 1935, the Shan are estimated to number approximately 6 million.

Child Voice Radio (CVR) broadcasts to Mae Sai and the surrounding area. Alongside the issues of human trafficking and forced labour, the shows cover everything from AIDS awareness to Thai cooking and cater for a wide range in musical tastes, from local traditional music to Thai and Western artists. CVR provides a unique opportunity for our children and youth to have their voices heard in the community. Most shows are call-in shows where DeeJays and DeeJanes take calls from the community live on the show.

#11 in our series “ImPressed by DEPDC/GMS” featuring impressions from our children, youth and staff.

ImPressed: Impressive!

“Impressive!”

Nearing the end of the current school term, and as a part of an art project for DEPDC/GMS, the Half Day School students each drew a picture on a myriad of subjects.  Mali – a 12-year-old who attends First Grade – drew this beautiful portrait, the topic of which was “Impressive”.  As usual, we are astounded by the creative ability and artistic talent of our HDS students!

#10 in our series “ImPressed by DEPDC/GMS” featuring impressions from our children, youth and staff. 

ImPressed: A World United!

“A World United!”

Several weeks have passed since the world memorialized the 10th Anniversary of 9/11.  We here at DEPDC/GMS asked our intermediate English students what they thought of that day that changed the world and how we can reflect upon it a decade later.  Several of our students drew pictures depicting their ideas about 9/11 and how the world should move forward.  We were astounded by the amazing images the students produced and wanted to share with you, our readers.  We think the artwork says it all!

#9 in our series “ImPressed by DEPDC/GMS” featuring impressions from our children, youth and staff.

Impressed: Akha Culture

“Akha Culture”

Sound clip from the Akha programme on Child Voice Radio, our very own radio station at DEPDC/GMS. ‘Akha Culture’ airs daily from 2.00 to 3.00pm on our local frequency FM 90.0 MHz.

The Akha are a hill tribe of subsistence farmers known for their artistry. Most Akha live in small villages among the mountains of China , Laos, Myanmar (Burma), and northern Thailand, where they are one of the six main hill tribes.

Child Voice Radio (CVR) broadcasts to Mae Sai and the surrounding area. Alongside the issues of human trafficking and forced labour, the shows cover everything from AIDS awareness to Thai cooking and cater for a wide range in musical tastes, from local traditional music to Thai and Western artists. CVR provides a unique opportunity for our children and youth to have their voices heard in the community. Most shows are call-in shows where DeeJays and DeeJanes take calls from the community live on the show.

#8 in our series “ImPressed by DEPDC/GMS” featuring impressions from our children, youth and staff.

ImPressed: Hello Myanmar!

“Hello Myanmar!”

Sound clip from the Burmese programme on Child Voice Radio, our very own radio station at DEPDC/GMS. ‘Hello Myanmar!’ airs daily from 6.00 to 7.00pm on our local frequency FM 90.0 MHz.

Child Voice Radio (CVR) broadcasts to Mae Sai and the surrounding area. Alongside the issues of human trafficking and forced labour, the shows cover everything from AIDS awareness to Thai cooking and cater for a wide range in musical tastes, from local traditional music to Thai and Western artists. CVR provides a unique opportunity for our children and youth to have their voices heard in the community. Most shows are call-in shows where DeeJays and DeeJanes take calls from the community live on the show.

#7 in our series “ImPressed by DEPDC/GMS” featuring impressions from our children, youth and staff.

ImPressed: What makes you happy?


“What makes you happy?”

Noo, the young boy who drew this picture, is 12 years old and from Pathak Village. Noo attends the Community Learning Centre (CLC) classes at DEPDC/GMS to study English, play games, and do arts and crafts with other children from the village. While it can be difficult at times to get Noo to focus on his English studies, he is quick to join in on any and all art activities. He may be our next Picasso!

#6 in our series “ImPressed by DEPDC/GMS” featuring impressions from our children, youth and staff.

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