Our campers solve problems, debate and learn in teams together with overseas volunteers and our own trainees from poor villages in Southeast Asia. They look for facts and effects, discuss advantages and disadvantages on issues like technology, environment and processed food, more. They do fact finding online with their own smartphones (to use them for learning also, not only chatting) using and improving their English and internet skills. They learn, think, listen and debate to form independent opinions!
They go back to their villages more aware of important issues for their future, more motivated to learn, more confident to express their own views, and they have improved their English and IT skills at the same time!
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What Campers say
Bam 17, Thailand. ‘I like the debates because I can search the internet to debate with another group. I like the fair because I can create something from trash. In my school every teacher teaches in lessons but when I come to Openmind Projects the volunteers make us learn English when learning about the world, environment, and health.’
Toei 18, Thailand. ‘The debates make us search on internet, on our smartphones and exchange ideas with another group who doesn’t think the same. Now I know another way to use my mobile.’
Wah Wah 19, Myanmar (Burma). ’The debates make me more confident. I learn English by searching, discussing, not by heart! First the volunteers teach me and then we have to search and find information by ourselves and discuss with our team friends before we present the information.’
Surasak 19, Myanmar. ‘I like the environment activity because it is around us. We need to take care. I liked the debates because we learn what is good and bad, what we should do and should not. I like the fair because we can do our own activity and see what the others do.’
Jony 18, Laos. ‘I have teamwork, every game was so fun and we have solidarity. The debates can give me new knowledge. I like the fair it’s creative and its new knowledge. At my school they don t have activities. I never studied like this before.’
Suras Krinram 17, Thailand. ‘It looks like a school but in the camp have fun and relax more.’
Nit 15, Laos. ‘I learned new things and something is very important in our life that I never knew about before.’
When we arrange our Thailand Camps
Every April and October months we invite young Thai, Lao, Burmese, Khmer students to week long camps at our Training Center in Thailand.
How our Camps benefit young people in Southeast Asia
Our camps build motivation, confidence and skills as well as cross culture friendships. Camps provide opportunities to grow social and emotionally, with new friends.
Our camps allow students to challenge themselves to grow more confident and independent.
They provide an effective learning environment because the learning is on the learners' terms, social and enjoyable.
How our Camps benefit young people in Southeast Asia
Our camps build motivation, confidence and skills as well as cross culture friendships. Camps provide opportunities to grow social and emotionally, with new friends. Our camps allow students to challenge themselves to grow more confident and independent. They provide an effective learning environment because the learning is on the learners' terms, social and enjoyable.
Campers learn to learn, think and discuss together. They learn about themselves from other campers and get a chance to feel successful together with new friends with whom they gain new skills.
They meet people who they never met before. They meet other students from other cultures, overseas volunteers, and our staff. They become a mixed inter cultural community at the camp.
Campers work as teams, learn how to be successful together. They bond with other campers, staff and volunteers! Friendships are made and campers set up their own networks, Openmind Facebook groups and encourage friends to join.
Our camps create learning opportunities, about the world, technology, environment, health, English, IT skills. Our camps make effective learning environments because they are task and situation based. The skills campers learn they use immediately to solve a task. They learn English and to search online to learn and debate environment, food, other issues with another camp team. The learning becomes real, useful, motivating!
Campers learn without waiting for teachers to tell. Thai children get to few chances to independently or spontaneously explore the world. At our camps, children explore, discover the world around them together and with volunteers. Camps open their eyes and give new perspectives beyond their day-to-day lives and encourage them to ask new questions and think new ideas.
The things we focus on. Motivation, curiosity, confidence to learn and fun. English, IT/online search and learn skills. Critical and creative thinking, social interaction, engaging participation.
What our camps are like. They are fun and engaging. Campers learn about themselves, interact, and learn to work as teams, learn for life, about the environment and world issues, health and food. Our camps offer a lot of activities and the freedom to learn, think, question and debate together.
They create networks of their own, like the We love OpenmindProjects group
An OMP camp is a place of active, fun learning on many levels, very different from the school environment! At our camps, teenagers learn to learn on their own and with friends. Camps mean active learning, exploring, discussing, and thinking, problem solving and debating. SE Asia schools reward with marks, our camps acknowledge learning, thinking, opinions, ideas expressions!
We want campers to feel successful and like making progress, being encouraged and confident in team work activities.
If you join one of our Camps this is what you do
You encourage and interact with campers. You lead them in interesting tasks/activities together with our own people who speak the local languages. You teach them specific English and IT/online searching vocab and skills related to specific tasks about the environment, the world, health and food which involves thinking, problem solving challenges. You speak English, socialize and play with and give campers feedback whenever you get a chance! All have fun! Welcome!