CPCR volunteers organize an excursion for the children of “Baan Paplearn” to the Grand Palace and the Temple of Dawn.
To help the children learn and gain cultural experiences in important historical places in Thailand, the child development activity is carefully designed by the volunteers. Before starting the trip, the volunteers allow the children to choose the type of transportation they want to use. The children discuss among themselves and conclude that the subway is the most convenient mode. Although the subway station is close to their home, some children have never taken it before. At the station, the children are excited and have many questions. They carefully check the fare, the route and the destination.
There are also volunteers who take care of the children throughout the trip. Then, everyone arrives at the Sanam Chai station and continues to walk about 1 km to the Grand Palace. The children are very enthusiastic and full of energy in spite of the strong sun. They are eager to learn and ask many questions as they pass new buildings and areas. Once they arrive at the Grand Palace, the volunteers take the children to pay homage to the Emerald Buddha and tell the history of the Grand Palace.
After walking around and taking pictures for a few hours, they leave the temple for lunch. During lunch, the children decide to visit the Temple of Dawn because it is close to the Grand Palace and it saves everyone’s time and energy.
Then they take a boat across the river to the next destination. At the temple, the children learn the history of the temple. They learn why it is called “The Dawn”. Once the children have enjoyed and learned something about this famous historical building, it is time for them to return to Baan Paplearn. The last session of the “Paplearn” tour is to have the children write and share what they have learned on the tour. All the children draw pictures and write little words to express their impressions. We can conclude that the visit “Paplearn” is the favorite activity of the children. Nobody is in a hurry and the trip is flexible. The children have the possibility to express themselves, to discuss with their friends and to find the best solution for all. It is clear that the volunteers have built a safe space for the children. Once a sense of trust has been promoted, all activities can be carried out effectively.
A few words from the children following the excursion :
“I like the Grand Palace because it is unique and beautiful”
“I like the Temple of Dawn and, now, I know the meaning of its name.”
“I like the lotus. The lotuses are planted in a bowl and they are placed around the temple. They are yellow and smell fresh and cool.”