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ELENA COOK
British

Teaching Children in Schools in Malaysia

         

I just want to say that I had the time of my life in Malaysia. The time at school was fantastic and was such an experience and the time out of school was so much fun. Lucy's Backpackers where we stayed every weekend - she looked after us all as if she was our mum, Shenanigans where we partied the Friday and Saturday nights away, all our friends in the band there, Uncle Tans Wildlife Camp and all the guys who worked there - believe me if you go to Malaysia go there. Seeing elephants, orang-utans and spiders as big as your hand in a zoo is nothing compared to being about a metre away from one in the wild.

The rice wine and so many other fantastic experiences and the girls I lived with made everything so much more enjoyable. I would advise anyone and everyone to go to Borneo Malaysia!

What was the best thing about your placement?

The kids and teachers were great, very friendly - I miss them all so much and the girls I was teaching and living with were fantastic - we had the best time together, and of course I have to mention Albert - love him!

Would you recommend this placement to anyone else?

Yes definitely.

What type of person do you think this placement would suit?

They would have to be confident, outgoing and not afraid to get involved because they like making you stand on stage and dance in front of the whole school, or play football in front of the whole school - which was interesting to say the least - all the students found it very amusing.

Can you describe a typical day?

I would wake up about 6:00am and then we would all make our way up to breakfast which was at 6:30am. I never had any lessons until 8:00am at the earliest so I would go back to sleep for an hour or so and then get up and get ready to walk up to school.

I would have my lessons, which lasted 40 minutes, and then go to the teachers room where I would do some marking if I had any or start to plan my next lesson. Then at 1:30pm it was lunch time.

After lunch there would sometimes be afternoon lessons, that lasted for an hour, or if not I would sit with the other volunteers and some of the students on the stands by the football pitch and we would just chat while watching football training, or matches or the boys practicing their skateboarding.

Dinner was at about 6:00pm and then after that we would sit back on the stands until it was dark and then we would go back to our house and either plan lessons or watch TV.

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