Friday, December 3, 2010

I'm teaching English at Watchetupon

In addition to my teaching at the Buddhist University here in Chiang Mai, I'm also teaching English to novice at Watchetupon.

Watchetupon has the largest temple school in all of Thailand.  Enrollment is over 500 novice.  For many of these novice, the temple school is their only option for getting an education. Some are orphans, many come from very, very poor families.  The families of some live so far away, the novice will only visit them once a year. 

These little novice are really a joy to work with.  Yes, they are dressed in the orange robes of Buddhism..... and yet, they are still boys.  The novices are as young as 6 or 7, and as old as 20.

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