Meeting our class of Monklets

Trip Start Mar 17, 2011
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Trip End Apr 08, 2011


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Friday, March 25, 2011

On Tuesday we were taken to our monastery by the i to i coordinator that lives over here, we walked so that we could remember the way when we had to do it on our own.  It took about 45 minutes and I think it's the maddest walk to work we will ever have we pass all sorts of sights on the way! 

The monastery is called Sange Goling monastery and we were going to meet the little monks that lived there we obvioulsy had no idea what to expect as everything is that laid back here its unbelieveable.  We finally found the monastery and we were greeted by one of the older monks who was in charge of the kids, we said "Namaste" nice to meet you, the monastery is very impressive to look at and its a strange feeling but very peaceful and calm.  We were shown our classroom where we would teach (just a room with a whiteboard and one pen no desks or anything!).  The little monks were all together in one of the other room and we then went in to meet them having no idea how many there would be, when we walked into the room there was about 30 little monks all sitting crossed legged reading their bible and chanting.  Me and Joe said "Good morning everyone" and they all chanted "Good Morning" then we explained who we were and that we were going to be their English teachers for the next two weeks, 30 little monks all in orange robes just stared at us some giggling to each other.  We asked their names as we needed to see how much English they knew, they we so shy and half of them would not tell us so we had to think of a different approach.  We asked who would like to play a game and two brave little ones put their hands up so we called them to the front all the others were looking on to see what was going to happen luckily we had bought hupla with us (you throw rings to see who can get the highest score) well that was it then every single monk went wild hands up saying miss miss me next was the best ice breaker ever.  Afterwards we did the alphabet and some simple maths we needed to see what level they were so we could do a lesson plan for the next day.  Some of the monks are much more advanced than the others but one thing is for sure they are the cutiest cheekiest little things we have ever seen we love them!  We said goodbye see you tomorrow and they all repied see you tomorrow we left very excited about the next day.

We had arranged to go to the orphange in the afternoon so we headed there next 30 kids live in the orphanage all together we met them all they were lovely.  I could have bought some of them back with me no problem.  They are in the orphamage for all different reasons but they are so happy some of the girlls have to share a bed as there is not enough space, all of them have dreams of becoming a doctor or lawyer etc we had taken some balloons with us you have never seen kids so excited they loved them so much.  When speaking to one of the older girls she said they are so happy to live there and they call the owner mum and dad and each other brothers and sisters.  Joe played football outside and I played various games with the girls we had a fab time they wanted us to stay the night.  We will be going back and taking some toys etc with us as they have nothing really to play with.

We planned the lessons for the next day and then retired very excited.  Next day we got the local bus to work another mad experience!  We arrived at the monastery we would be treaching two class one 9 - 10 and one 10 - 11.  We were in classroom and the little monks atarted arriving coming in with their cushions to sit on and their books and worn our pencils they all said good morning Gemma good morning Joe as they entered the room, all nerves soon went away when we began teaching the first class were less advanced we asked them if they remembered how old we were and where we were from they are so cute they all giggled but when you tell them something they all chant and repeat you its their way of learning.  The first lesson went well we played some games and tryed to teach them some new words.  AT the end of the lesson they all said see you tomorrow.  The next class are slightly more advanced and we had another great lesson with them teaching them different things they may find in a classroom the boys are so lovely and its not too hard to control them except when you get the camera out they went wild so we have not done this with class 1 yet we will do so in the next few days we have got some good pics of class 2 so you can see what they look like.

Next day we were greeted by both classes waiting for us they are getting excited now when we arrive Class 1 were so cute all filed in saying morning miss morning Joe class 2 are a bit momre cheeky they say hi Gemma hi Joe but they are all good and want to learn they love hupla and we have to play it every day to keep their attention half way through the lesson, I did a little aerobic session with them they loved it!

We fly over Mount Everesy today was fabulous (little scary) we have today (friday) and saturday off so we are off to a country place to stay the night I will update more when we get back pics etc as the car is waiting for us to go.

Loving every minute we want to bring the monks back with us.

Lots of love xxxx
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Kirsty on

Sounds amazing................. just remember your weight allowance for when you come back - you cannot fit any of them in your suitcase!!!!

Really pleased its going so well.

Take tons of piccies.

Lots of love from Keele
Kirst xx

Mum & Dad on

Wow Wow - Its amazing ....

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