Education is not self-evident for everyone

Today we visited the Asia Center Foundation, which is located in Phuket. We met about 40 children who live and get educated there. We also got to know some lovely volunteers who care and look after the kids. They are giving one hundred percent every day to make the children smile and be happy.

A group picture of Thai children and exchange students in Phuket.
Our students in Phuket visited the Asia Center Foundation and were greeted with big smiles. Photo by Annika and Maike / CC BY

When we arrived, one of the volunteers told us about their motivation, how the institution got started and for what reasons the kids are here. For struggling families in Thailand, sending their children to school is a luxury they cannot afford. Many children don’t even receive preschool education. Others drop out at a very young age to start working. The Asia Center Foundation offers different programs to children from 4 to 18 years old. From preschool centers and scholarships to sports programs, Asia Center Foundation creates education and development opportunities for more than 250 children every year.

A child is smiling into the camera while she is holding a orange pen in Phuket.
For many families in Thailand, sending their children to school is a luxury they cannot afford! Photo by Annika and Maike / CC BY

To welcome us students, the kids baked tasty little Thai snacks which they sold. By doing this, they have the chance to learn life skills like how to cook and how they can get an income in their future lives. The earned money and other donations we gave them will be used to increase and develop the kids’ facility.

Exchange students are buying snacks from children in Thailand.
The money they get from selling snacks to our students will be used to improve the facility. Photo by Annika and Maike / CC BY

They sang a lovely “Thank you”-song for us which made our hearts melt. The kids put a lot of effort into the song with clapping hands, dancing steps and a teacher even played the guitar. Afterwards, we played soccer, drew pictures and played games in the garden with them. The kids are adorable, open-minded and very happy! We had heaps of fun while playing around and spending time with these little people. It’s great to see places where people offer their help for others. The volunteers give those children a future which they wouldn’t have without them.

Students are playing soccer with Thai children in Phuket.
Playing soccer was one of the fun activities our students did during the day. Photo by Annika and Maike / CC BY

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We are used to taking education for granted. It is something we are used to growing up with, whether we like it or not, and most of the time we don’t even realize the important role it played in our early development. This experience today was an eye opener to appreciate and to be grateful for all the education we’ve got so far and for everything that will be taught to us in the future!

Exchange students are talking and working together with children in Thailand.
This experience was an eye-opener to be grateful for all the education we’ve got. Photo by Annika and Maike / CC BY

We always try to take our students to a charity while the’re studying abroad!

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This text was written by the Prince of Songkla international students Annika and Maike. 

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