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    Mackie pupil prepares for Thai gap year

    Mackie pupil prepares for Thai gap year
    Jenny Rush
    Monday 25 April 2011

    A MACKIE Academy pupil is preparing to set out on the experience of a lifetime later this year.

    18-year-old Stonehaven teen Andrew Cameron is leaving in August to spend a year teaching conversational English to primary and secondary children in Thailand with organisation Project Trust.

    And he has the daunting task of raising 4950 before he goes.

    He said: Im going to run the half-marathon, wax my legs, shave my hair off - lots of things. Ive also sent out letters to businesses in Stonehaven and also the oil companies in Aberdeen.

    Im feeling quite positive about it now, definitely. At first it sounded like a big feat, a big thing to do, but I think with the support of my family, especially my mum, I think I should be able to do it.

    Andrew added: On May 20 Ive got a quiz and disco night at the Stonehaven Bowling Club, on June 9 Ive organised a cabaret featuring staff and pupils from Mackie, which will be at the school and on June 24, there will be a ceilidh in Stonehaven Town Hall. Im also going to have a stall at the Feein Market on June 4.

    Talking about what made him want to get involved in the project, Andrew said: I really feel like I have a passion for teaching. Even though this is not what I want to do in later life, I really like teaching younger children and I feel that I am a good teacher with a creative side that would be really good for making learning fun for younger children in Thailand.

    I felt that uni was not the best next step for me as I feel I am not ready for it yet. I hope by doing this it will give the life experience I need to go to uni and get the best experience out of it.

    In order to be selected for the project, Andrew had to attend a week long course with 36 other hopefuls on the Isle of Coll where the Project Trust is based.

    I was over the moon when I heard I had got a place, he said. I was supposed to be getting a letter, but after a week I just phoned them up and my heart was thumping with the beeps of the phone. The guy just said, yep, youre on, youre going to Thailand and that was it.

    Im not sure exactly where in Thailand Ill be based yet - there are 20 projects in the country, mainly in the north, and I could be placed with any of them.

    Of course, Im nervous, I do realise that this is a whole year away from my family and I cant just pop back to see my mum every time I need my washing done. But still I am very excited for going and I think the excitement outweighs the nerves.

    Project Trust was founded in 1967 as an educational charity on the Hebridean Isle of Coll in North West Scotland. Since then the charity has sent over 5,500 volunteers overseas. sending 200 volunteers to 25 countries annually and is widely respected as one of the most experienced and professional gap year organisations in Britain.

    If anyone wishes to buy tickets for any of the events or give sponsorship for Andrews trip they can contact him by phone on (01569) 767296 or by email at wecometwo[at]hotmail.co.uk.

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    I can’t just pop back to see my mum every time I need my washing done.
    forget about your mum, out here you'll have no difficulties finding someone to do your washing for you.

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    Wonder how many kids he'll have spawned by the end of the year. He'll have them ripping his limbs off if he's placed up in Isaan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    “ I was over the moon when I heard I had got a place,” he said. “I was supposed to be getting a letter, but after a week I just phoned them up and my heart was thumping with the beeps of the phone. The guy just said, yep, you’re on, you’re going to Thailand and that was it.
    lol what a joke
    no idea what a mackie pupil is -apparently it is a school in Scotland


    Basically he is paying this firm a fat wad of cash ,
    they then pay some Thai school to put up with him ,
    and pocket a nice chunk of his cash for themselves .
    They would take anyone who gives them 5 ,000.
    but this naive little darling thinks he has fought his way to the top of a tough selection procedure ..



    Now he needs to sort out the 5K ,
    Is he going to work in Mc donalds for a few months ?, or on a building site ?
    nah ,
    he's going to wax his legs ,and have his hair cut short and get others to pay ,
    what a JOKE

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    “ I was over the moon when I heard I had got a place,” he said. “I was supposed to be getting a letter, but after a week I just phoned them up and my heart was thumping with the beeps of the phone. The guy just said, yep, you’re on, you’re going to Thailand and that was it.
    lol what a joke
    no idea what a mackie pupil is -apparently it is a school in Scotland


    Basically he is paying this firm a fat wad of cash ,
    they then pay some Thai school to put up with him ,
    and pocket a nice chunk of his cash for themselves .
    They would take anyone who gives them £ 5 ,000.
    but this naive little darling thinks he has fought his way to the top of a tough selection procedure ..



    Now he needs to sort out the £5K ,
    Is he going to work in Mc donalds for a few months ?, or on a building site ?
    nah ,
    he's going to wax his legs ,and have his hair cut short and get others to pay ,
    what a JOKE
    Yes but he thinks it's for charity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    Andrew said: “I really feel like I have a passion for teaching.
    Yeah? Thailand will beat that out of him.

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    Send the money to Thailand to pay for Thai teachers to do the job. Thai students don't need yet another self-regarding twat dicking about without a clue what he's doing and in the unlikely event that they do decide that's what they need, there is no shortage of massively qualified arseholes already here.

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    there is no shortage of massively qualified arseholes already here.
    And no shortage of unqualified ones that are doing the job anyway.


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    The guy's naive, not his fault.
    In China you get people who've paid their own airfare plus expenses and visas and their own living costs to volunteer to work in underpriviledged areas and find themselves working in paid (to the school and agent) English programmes. They think they're going to some poor 3rd world country to help out when they're only helping agents and schools make money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koojo
    The guy's naive, not his fault.
    That's correct ,sorry Andrew , I was a bit harsh before ,.

    Be careful where they send you ,I walked passed a school in the Muslim south of Thailand ,all the kids joined in a chorus of fuk you fuk you ,their pronunciation was good too,
    then as I walked away one threw a stick at me ,that just missed .

    The only one who benefit , from most of these gap year schemes are the guys that run them , they are paid a fat salary for doing nothing and get to tell their dinner party friends they are a chief executive of a charity .


    good luck Andrew , why not join up here - for everything you need to know about Thailand

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    My ex did a project Trust gig years ago in Sri Lanka.

    They're a con.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue
    Be careful where they send you ,I walked passed a school in the Muslim south of Thailand ,all the kids joined in a chorus of fuk you fuk you ,their pronunciation was good too, then as I walked away one threw a stick at me ,that just missed .
    and the rest of the story ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by blue
    Be careful where they send you ,I walked passed a school in the Muslim south of Thailand ,all the kids joined in a chorus of fuk you fuk you ,their pronunciation was good too, then as I walked away one threw a stick at me ,that just missed .
    and the rest of the story ?

    they've probably been reading his posts on teak door.

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    Mackie Academy is the only Academy School in Stonehaven which is about 30 miles South of Aberdeen. If he's teaching your kids then best touch up on your Doric. Ken fit ah mean? Good, ah kint ye wid.

    Ah the best ay luck tae ye, Loon.

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    I wish him well, regardless of cost, who may be profiting etc it'll be a great life experience; what will his mates at home be doing in those long winter months? tv, dvds, PlayStation etc . . . his year will be more memorable.

    Looked at Project Trust website - they certainly do have a rosy outlook on things

    Required
    Twenty male or female volunteers wishing to spend a year in one of the most dynamic countries in south-east Asia. Thailand offers challenging teaching projects in secondary schools and colleges in central and northern areas of the country. The culture is fascinating, and varies from the conservative Buddhist to the progressive urban mindset that makes Bangkok an exceptionally busy and exciting capital city. Added to this is an outstanding natural beauty, from the famed southern beaches to the dense northern jungle, and a people with a ready smile to make for a memorable volunteering experience.

    The Project and the work
    The majority of projects are based in the central region of Thailand in predominantly urban settings. Volunteers work as English teachers in large, state-funded secondary schools. Projects are based in the city of Nakhon Sawan, the ancient capital town of Kamphaeng Phet, and the towns of Tharua, Nakhon Pathom, Phrae, Ubon Ratchatani and Mae Sai also host volunteers.

    Secondary schools are well run, with attractive buildings, high standards and dedicated staff. As a member of the English department, the principal role of the volunteer is to enthuse Thai students and make learning English enjoyable. In addition to activities in the classroom, volunteers can involve themselves in sporting activities in the school and learn skills such as Thai boxing and cooking. During the school holidays volunteers have plenty of scope for secondary projects, from work in an elephant orphanage to providing assistance in a women's refuge in Bangkok - the opportunities are always varied in Thailand.
    and . . .

    Thailand has plenty more to offer than the sleazy Bangkok bars and tourist beaches of Pattaya shown in the media.

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    re costs of 'volunteering'

    would be an interesting exercise for someone with a lot of free time to compare the costs of giving one's time for free.

    Just an example, from Global Volunteer Network

    Elephant Refuge and Education Centre
    The main duties include:
    • cleaning elephant enclosures
    • feeding and watering the elephants
    • harvesting food for the elephants
    • walking some of the elephants in to the forest at night and collecting them in the morning
    • bathing the elephants in a lake
    • maintaining the elephant refuge


    Application Fee US $350
    Your application fee is fully transferable and will secure your place on the Thailand program.

    Volunteer Program Fee:
    1 week: $697
    2 weeks: US $797
    3 weeks: US $1020
    4 weeks: US $1246
    6 weeks: US $1697
    8 weeks: US $2149
    10 weeks: US $2691
    12 weeks: US $3053

    that's a lot of baht. US$697=20,671 baht for one week.

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    Yeah but who's paying who?
    And what do they mean 'your application fee is fully transferable'?
    Someone should email him the link to this thread.

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    Project Trust - Review - Communication IS important

    Interesting review of the Project Trust placement from a girl ,Glenwick ,who went to Zimbabwe, too long to paste here ,but basically she states the support once there was very poor .
    as was the pairing ,,,
    ''it is Project Trust policy to send all volunteers in pairs, for safety and support. They claim to match together partners with the same skills and pastimes. This is where they failed miserably. Yes we did have the same skills, but pastimes we were a LONG way off. I went to church, didnt smoke, only drank occasionally and preferred sitting at home reading a book she was an atheist, smoked like a chimney (great we had to share a room for the first 3 months!), drank a lot and went out partying every night. Similar pastimes, I dont think so. We didnt get on from day one of the training course.''
    etc
    Worth reading though if you're about to shell out 5 K.

    They are told to raise money by charity events etc -a tall order , so I'll bet lots of parents end up making up the bulk of the money themselves at the last minuet ,
    In which case , might as well just pay for a years back packing with maybe some volunteer work sourced locally.

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