Pick 2 learner profile attributes and describe how you demonstrated them
I think i demonstrated risk taker very well because there were a lot of scary activities and i was never afraid to ask anyone for help. For example i took a risk in rock climbing because i was pretty nervous about my feet slipping because they were sweaty, but i managed to try and i made it to the top of the wall 2 times. Also I took risks in the confidence course because it was pretty awesome looking but pretty creepy, but when they called and asked who wanted to go, i instantly threw my hand into the air and wounded up going 4th i think. Also when we had to pick monkey bars or rings, i chose the rings which was the harder one. I ended up falling into the water the first time because we had to do a 360º turn on the balance beam and i fell there.
I think i demonstrated caring very well because i was always there for my friend marcus, i walked around with him, took care of him and bought him lots of stuff. The biggest help i did was speaking thai, i handled all the communication when we went to the market. I also introduced my friends to new drinks and foods that they had never tried before. Even though i was with marcus the most, everyday i hung out and did many activities with one of my best friends PANDA (kaelan). He was really funny and we talked a lot and went everywhere together, i wished he was in my room.
Did you get to know someone new on the trip?
When i was doing community service, on the first day we went to do group activities and on the second day, we were doing construction. On the activities day, i met this little guy who was really chubby, funny and cute. His name was Geng in thai, he looked about 6-7 years old. When i first saw him, he looked very nervous, he didn’t really talk to my group, and he didn’t really smile or try to enjoy himself, as we started to play games he started really getting into it and he had fun playing all the games. I think that he demonstrated the learner profile risk-taker because he came out of his comfort zone and at the end of the day, he became my best friend. He gave me high fives and fist pumps, and i talked to him because i know how to speak thai. Keep in mind, he was quite chubby and cute but he was able to overcome that and run around and chase people, at their school i noticed that everyone and i mean everyone were friends with each other, no matter the age difference, they could all talk to each other and knew each others names. I really miss him
What was it like to be away from your family for a week?
Well i love my family: my mom, my dad, my sister, and my little bro, but in all honesty i wasn’t homesick, i didn’t mind being out of the house with my friends. When i came home though, i found out my sister who typically hates me, really missed me and I kind of missed her too because she is silly, funny and entertaining. I think i didn’t really keep in touch because i felt that my family would be ok. My Mom is insane acting really dramatic and missing me because she thought something would happen to me but nothings really wrong and i wish she would just understand that i can take care of myself.
Describe a time when you faced a challenge on the trip. How did you overcome it?
Well when i was kayaking with marcus, we played this game where we would have to do something to get 1 star out of 3 stars, to get the first star, what we had to do was both of us sit on the very back edge of the kayak and balance it. It was quite hard but i think we overcame that challenge by communicating and paddling in sync. For the second challenge what we had to do was STAND and kayak, but the person in front had to actually stand on the edges of the kayak, when we tried that i fell off twice but then i managed to stand with the help of marcus, the harder part was paddling, i think because we were paddling synchronized, we managed to finish. For the third star, we couldn’t finish it because the challenge was to 1: capsize the kayak (flip it over), then do a five second handstand or headstand while it was floating down the river, i tried but i couldn’t finish. I actually think that because i tried, it made me more of a risk taker.
How did you show personal responsibility on the trip?
I think i showed lots of responsibility because i took care of my personal belonging, my room and i followed all the instructions. Sometimes, i had to take care of other responsibilities. One of the thinks i did was always showing up to the meals at the right time, being in the gym for scheduled activities, and always having what i needed when i showed up to an activity. I also think i had to take care of others when we went to the market to buy food for the thai cooking school. I had to help everyone with explaining what to get, how much it cost, and where in the market to get it. I think that being able to speak thai was one of the biggest advantages i had of the entire grade. The only bad or annoying thing about it was the amount of times i got asked “Hey Joey, do you speak thai” or “Pood pasa thai dai lou” (thai for oh, you can speak thai?) When we were in public areas i shocked lots of people.