Stories from the field

Author Karunia Fila

Hello! My name is Karunia, I recently finished my first year at UVIC and I am majoring in Pacific and Asian Studies. Starting in June I will be living and working at KSDC (Karenni Social Development Center) in rural Thailand teaching English. I am excited to teach and learn from the Karenni peoples and so grateful for this opportunity and experience.

Karunia Fila – Blog 1: Discussing the Return with Intern Faaiza

Hello my name is Karunia. I am returning to the Karenni Social Development Center in Northern Thailand. I will be working with young Karenni adults and teaching them English and living in community. This recording is of me and fellow… Continue Reading →

Karunia Fila – Blog 5: Dear Future Intern

Dear future intern, Congratulations!! You cannot begin to imagine how special the community at KSDC is. You will be welcomed with kind faces, music, food, animals, and 30 students who will do whatever they can to make you feel at… Continue Reading →

Karunia Fila – Blog 4: Things I Will Miss & Things I Will Be Grateful For

I originally wanted to call this blog things I will miss and things I will not miss. After considering this I realized even things I would put in the “not miss” category I will probably miss. Whether directly or indirectly…. Continue Reading →

Karunia Fila – Blog 3: Communicating Through Language Barriers

Before arriving to KSDC and beginning classes, I did not know the English levels of the students. I can say now that they were much lower then I expected. Some students struggled to answer questions like “What is your name?”… Continue Reading →

Karunia Fila – Blog 2: 5 Senses at KSDC

As I begin to reflect on my first month at KSDC, the overpowering thought is “How has it already been a month?!” Before arriving, I was expecting that each day here at KSDC would pass by more slowly than my… Continue Reading →

Karunia Fila – Blog 1: Heading to rural Thailand

Hello everyone! Here is a recorded interview with myself and my co teacher Josh. We begin our position at KSDC on June 3rd and are so excited to begin our journey!

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