Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Teaching English at Jang Island

On Thursday, instead of working, my students taught the Indonesian students some English lessons.  They developed lessons around sets of vocabulary words, and rotated throughout the Indonesian classrooms. (Grades 1-6) I was so proud of them.  They came up with great lessons, games and songs, were patient with the students, and worked together well.

In our debriefing sessions afterwards, they noted how challenging yet rewarding the experience was...sounds like my life every day! :)


Monday, April 21, 2014

Jang Island Work Projects

One of my favorite parts of the trip was watching my students complete some service projects for the residents of Jang Island, a small island of about 3,000 residents.

We worked on Tuesday and Wednesday. Our projects included digging a ditch, creating a water drainage system, and building a wall.  The work was brutal.  Digging digging digging, mixing cement, carrying concrete bricks...I was so shocked at how hard they worked.  We had to make them take breaks and drink water.

I don't think I've ever done a project that difficult, and I've done a few!  I was just so proud of them.

I did what I could but one of the things I learned on this trip was just how out of shape I am...wow I got tired so easily!!

Here are some pictures of the kids hard at work.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Telunas Beach, Riau Islands, Indonesia

On Sunday morning, we woke up in Singapore and headed off on a ferry to Batam Island in Indonesia.  From there we took smaller boats until we finally reached our destination, Telunas Beach Resort.  This is where we'd be staying for the week.  It's a perfect place to hold retreats, and our kids had a wonderful time.  The common areas and rooms are right over the ocean.

Throughout the week, the kids had the opportunity to swim, hike, complete a low ropes course, build sandcastles, have a bonfire, play ping pong and play.  During our debriefing time it was nice to hear them talk about how beautiful the plants, ocean, and stars were.  We don't get to see much of that in Seoul, especially stars.

Here are some photographs from our time at Telunas Beach.

Monday, April 7, 2014

From Seoul to Singapore

On Friday, March 21st we started our Spring Break by taking 47 middle schoolers to Singapore. (Well, us and 8 other teachers...)

We were headed on our yearly Immersion trip, an opportunity for middle schoolers to serve in Indonesia!  I had been once before, in 2010, but this time was much more special, seeing as my man planned the whole thing!

He did a wonderful job and everything went so well. I was so proud of him and so thankful to be on his mission trip.  (Our school runs about ten each year). I've been on four total and this one was my favorite!

The trip acts not only as a service trip, but an opportunity for us to get to know our students better and teach them more about God and his love for them.  Each night we had a large group devotion and then a small group discussion time which is always a sweet time to get to talk to Girls and share about the Lord with them.

The first picture below is of me and my 8th grade small group in Incheon airport, ready for our big adventure!

I was definitely apprehensive about the flight, but all went smoothly and before we knew it we were in Singapore, the most religiously diverse country in the world.  It was also extremely hot.

On Saturday during the day, I had the privilege of taking seven seventh grade girls around the big city/country.

We traveled to Sentosa Island and did some high ropes courses, as well as a zip line on an island.  At night we played a "Breakout" Game.  A company provides this activity, and I think it would be a ton of fun with a group of adults.  Basically they lock you in a small room, and you must piece the clues together to get out.  The puzzles were a bit hard for my girls, but the creators were extra kind and gave them help.  I would highly recommend it!  Click here for more information.

That night we slept soundly in anticipation for our big trip to Indonesia!