Friday, 10 August 2018

WEEK 1 - Sea Teacher Batch 6 to Udon Thani, Thailand.

Huwala guys! Sawatdee Krub! 

It’s been a long time since i posted something on this blog with English, so i want to say sorry if there are so many mistakes. Because i’m still learning, hahaha.

Okay, so today i’m gonna share my experiences about Sea-Teacher Project Batch 6 in Udon Thani, Thailand.

But first, what is Sea-Teacher?

Sea Teacher is a Pre-service Student Exchange Program by SEAMEO. For now, there are 4 countries that joined this program: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Philipines.


1st Day (August 4th 2018)

Because I lived in Banjarmasin, it took 3 flight to go to Udon Thani. First was Banjarmasin to Jakarta, Jakarta to Bangkok, and then Bangkok to Udon Thani. And it was a really long and interesting journey because I have never gone Abroad before.

There were so many funny moment in the airport. First, me and Miranti Diah Prastika (the other participant from Lambung Mangkurat University) slept at the prayer room in Soekarno-Hatta Airport because we arrived at the airport at 1:00 AM, and the next flight schedule was in the 6:00 AM. And then at the Don Mueang Airport, we need to separate our stuff from the luggage into small bag because they only accept 10kg luggage. And also, I tried Hainanese Chicken Rice for the first time at the airport and that was really-really Arroy (Delicious).

Finally at 16.00, we arrived at the Udon Thani airport. We met the other participant from Indonesia: Intan, Delima, and Nesty. We were lucky because it was rainy outside, so it didn’t felt that hot. We took our luggage, and met the students from Udon Thani Rajabhat University that already waited for us outside the airport: Mew, Nut, Aef, and Palm.

They took us to our Dormitory in Udon Thani Rajhabat University(UDRU). I got surprised because our room is in the fifth floor and has no elevator, maybe in the next month I will lose some weight. Yeay!
I met the other participant from Filiphines, Joshua Maglines. He will be my roommate when I stay in Udon Thani.

Right after we came to the dorm, Miss Nichata and Miss Kim invited us to went to the Central Plaza of Udon Thani. We bought a new Simcard there, and tried the Thailand KFC. It had a different menu. That was a new experiences for us.

The first day was really great. Can't wait to learn more about Udon Thani. 


2nd Day (August 5th 2018)

At 9:00 AM, one of our roommate from Filipina, Stephen finally arrived.

We began our second day by shopping. We went to the market to bought some necesseties like bucket, glass, bowl, and the other stuffs that needed for the whole month.

In the afternoon, the UDRU students took us to Night Market with a traditional transportation named tuktuk.  It looks like Combination of Bajaj and Becak from Indonesia.
source: wikipedia (i forgot to take the photo)

The Night Market had everything you need, like clothes, shoes, make up, and the most important: it had a huge Food Shop that sales so many Thailand’s Street Food with affordable price. This felt like Heaven for a Foodlover like me.
Even if there were a lot food there, something that really stole our attention were the cricket and the worm. Because for some people, eating an insect is disgusting. But we still bought some, and surprisingly it was delicious


3rd Day (August 6th 2018)

The third day was an Orientation Day. As like Indonesian proverb said: “Tak kenal, maka tak sayang” or “You can’t love what you don’t know”, so we getting to know each other.
The orientation was opened with Opening Address by  Asst. Prof. Dr. Pattawan Najaikaew as the Dean, Faculty of Education. We gave a Sasirangan(traditional fabric from Banjarmasin) as the souvenir from Lambung Mangkurat University to Udon Thani Rajabhat University. 
There also a presentation about UDRU, Ban Makhaeng School, Udonpichairakpittaya School. and also Demonstration School of Udon Thani Rajabhat University/Satit UDRU (my practicum school)
We learned about basic thai language with Asst. Jintana Duangpang. It’s kinda hard for us cause every single letter is different with ABCs Letters. She also teached us several thai sentences like sawatdee krub, kho tood krub, and kob koon krub.

After the class done, we had a Campus Tour. It was a nice experiences because the UDRU had so many facilities like a dorm, sport center, and also had a huge library.
at the library
We went back to the dormitory to take some rest, and back to the building 12 to dinner and finally met our Buddies!
In the building 12, we played a game about memorizing the name of all participant, a nice game to break the ice.

After that, we picked our buddy randomly, and i got Noon and View, the 4th students of English Education in UDRU as my buddies. They were so kind and really care about me. Hope that our friendship will last forever.


4th Day (August 7th 2018)
First day of the school!
As a new teacher, we were so excited and went to the school  at 07.00 AM (The school is started at 8.00 AM)
08.00 The president of Satit UDRU Introduced us in front of the students of Satit School. Some of the students laughed when they heard my name, and when I asked them why, they said that my name is similar like one of the Instant Noodle Brand in Thailand.

So, Demonstration School of Udon Thani Rajabhat University a.k.a SATIT UDRU is Located at 64 Taharn Road, Meuang, Udon Thani. Established on 26th December 2011 and Declared as one of the UDRU faculty. They started 1st semester on 1st October 2012. And divide by three sections: Preschool, Primary school, and Secondary school.

Because my Mentor was still in Bangkok, so I spent my first day (in the first week) to observe the student teacher that also had internship in Satit UDRU, Pam. She taught about multiplying Exponent number with games. 

5th Day (August 8th 2018)
In my 5th day, we joined ASEAN DAY Event in  Banmakhaeng school. I wore Sasirangan that day (Traditional Fabric from South Kalimantan).
Stay in other country, and found Booth named Indonesia with some pictures and Traditional Dance from Indonesia made me miss my country so bad. I took some photos there with Miranti, and Nesty.

We also tried traditional food from Thailand that looks like Traditional food from my city Banjarmasin named Wadai Cucur, but a little bit smaller. I really-really like it.

Overall, i was really-really happy that day because i learned a lot from the Event, like the culture of the other country, and how to Respect the Diversity.


6th Day (August 9th 2018)
Even if it was a rainy day, it didn’t make us lazy to go to school. As usual, Me, Stephen, and Nesty went at 7.30 and use our Raincoat.
I observed the teaching and learning in 1/3 and 1/2:
They learned about exponent with something like puzzle/jigsaw. They matched the exponent number with the equal number, and i think it was a nice method to make students interested with mathematics. The students really excited about the learning process. 
Beside that, i also learn several Mathematics vocabularies in Thai Language, so it will be easier to me to teach the students in the next week.

After the class finished, we helped the students to made papercraft for the decoration, because the next day they will have the Mother’s day Celebration. 

7th Day (August 10th 2018)
Happy mother’s day!
Mother’s day was a routine event that celebrate the Queen’s Birthday. So that day, everyone wore Blue to express their love to the Queen. 

We celebrated the mother's day with the students from Satit School. The event was great. They displayed some pictures of Queen, and also the pictures of the students with their mothers.
submit the food they brought to the monk to get a bless. And the event was closed with the monk that splash the holy water to all the participant.

As a muslim, I must do the Friday prayer at the mosque, so I borrowed Noon’s motorcycle to go to the nearest mosque. Even if I didn’t understand the preaching, I was really happy because they really welcome me as a muslim foreigner


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Tulis comments
13 August 2018 at 02:59

can't wait to see what kind of food you try after crickets and worms 🤔😂


Jangan lupa ngomen ya, tapi ngomennya jangan di lampu merah, entar di Razia SatPol PP. Ciao!