So last week from the 6th of May until the 11th of May, the grade 7’s of CDNIS went on a trip that we call “experience week”. This year, us students got to go to Chiang Mai. The city is actually called Chiang Rai, but we stayed in the province of Chiang Mai. In Chiang Mai, we stayed in the education centre of the Maekok River Village Resort. It was really nice there. They provided us with a student pool and meals and even a student club which they call the “bamboo club” because the sides of it were made with bamboo. The instructors that we had for all our activities were incredibly nice and they were very fun to be around. We had activities like:
- Jungle Survival
- School Activities
- Hilltribe Hike
- Confidence Course
- Thai Cooking/Marketing
- Community Project (Building Canteen)
Our whole grade was split into groups of 14. We had 8 groups. We did Kayaking in a river which is the actual Maekok river, but first we practiced in the pond beside it. The River was fast but very peaceful. There were very few speedboats on the river considering the river was not very deep. Jungle Survival was when we would learn how to make shelter and start a fire. We used bamboo and hay to make our shelter and we used woods and twigs and the things we could find to build the fire. We then used bamboo to make a pot and a few bowls and chopsticks. We tested out our pots and bowls by making actual noodles in the pot on top of the fire, and we tested the shelter by throwing water all over it and seeing how much water would leak through the top.
The school activities were when we went to the school near our area and we would go and hang out and play games with the kids there. The kids there consisted of the ages from 6- 14. Even though some were older than us and some were a lot older, we had a great time playing around the field and just hanging out. The Hilltribe hike was us walking to one mountain to some others. We would pass by some villages and see their lifestyles and compare on how different there were to ours. The mountain that we ended up in was one with a temple on it. The Temple was a Buddhist Temple. This temple was not only a temple, but was also a museum for tourists.
Archery was so fun. I learned how to play and turns out I’m not that bad *not that i’m bragging :)* We practiced a few shots and then we played a game where everybody blows up a balloon and then we would stick it on a target board that wasn’t our owns. When your balloon was shot down by someone, you would stop playing the game. I ended up being the last ones and I was against my teacher. Sadly, I didn’t win, but it was still amazing to have these experiences. The confidence course was kinda like The “Wipeout” Zone. You know, like the game show? We would have chain ropes that we had to walk across and swing from one to another and we have balancing beams, monkey bars and monkey hoops. It sure wasn’t easy and it sure did take A LOT of confidence to be able to go on it. I was scared at first but when I got on, it was really fun. If we fell, we would just fall into water. The water wasnt the cleanest, but it was really refreshing since the weather was sunny, sunny, SUNNY
Rock-climbing was really fun too. I ‘m afraid of heights so it was a little scary for me, but I still got to the top with not so much trouble. It ended up being fun seeing everyone as little tiny people. It was like you were a giant and the people on the floor were there to serve you. It was funny. The team was really encouraging on helping people that we scared to get to the top. Then we had Thai Cooking and Marketing which was just us going into town to buy ingredients to use to cook the dishes that we were going to learn. We learned how to make soy sauce veggies and curry chicken. It was nice to have the experience.
Next we had the Community project where we went back to the school before and we were building them a new canteen. We made bricks, scraped things, painted walls to help out with building their canteen. It was a school tradition. Everyone that went to the MRV Educational project would build them something new. It was nice to know that we weren’t just having fun doing it, but we were helping out others as well.
On the very last day before we left, we did a mini olympics. All 8 groups would gather on the field, take our grade picture and then we would have mini races. Some were time permitting, and some were points for who was the funniest. Even the teachers got to do a round of it. It was hilarious watching them act as chicken. You don’t see that everyday right? Might as well make the best of it.
Throughout this trip a learned a few things, Questions and Answers, HERE WE COME.
How has this trip helped you to become more aware of your own strengths and areas for growth.
I found out what I was good and what I would need to work on by trying new things. Because of Archery, I became aware that I have a pretty good aim. Because of the Confidence Course, I became aware that I should work on my body strength. Because of Rock climbing, I became aware that I could overcome any fear that I had as long as I try.
How has this trip helped you to appreciate nature?
This trip helped me appreciate nature because everywhere we went, we would see trees, grass, flowers, animals, bugs…etc. Some weren’t very pleasant… *cough* bugs *cough*, but it was nice to see how everything was connected to each other and how if they weren’t alive, many things would have changed.
What was it like to be away from your family for a week?
Not having your family around for a week was a new experience. Being away from them made me feel more mature, independent and responsible. Even though I missed them dearly, it was cool to have a new experience and learning how to do things on your own.