Today the WorldTeach volunteers met with the director of the local school district and the vice governor (although the Thai pronunciation made him sound like the “wise” governor) for breakfast. We were greeted with a giant welcome banner and lots of camera flash. Then during breakfast I was summoned over by a few of my fellow teachers who told me I resembled a Thai movie star…I have no idea who this person is or what she looks like but I took it as a compliment and tried to thank them accordingly.
For the past week we have been meeting with a local celebrity who has his own radio and television shows. He is also running for an elected position and has taken a special liking to the WorldTeach program, interviewing us and attending all the government meetings with us. On Saturday he interviewed a few of my fellow volunteers and our field director. If you are interested in listening to an excerpt of the interview (yes, it is in both Thai and English), please feel free to email me and I would be happy to send it to you (unfortunately this blog does not support mp3 files at this time). On Friday we will be guests on a local television station so stay tuned for more stories on our rising stardom!
Other updates of life in Thailand so far include the constant battle with bugs (one flew up my nose the other night as I was drifting off to sleep), witnessing the first downpour of rain this evening, and learning how to use a squat toilet.
I’ve included a picture of a street sign in the city to show you a sample of the Thai alphabet we are learning as well. Enjoy!