Anna - teaching missionaries' children
Anna always thought she would do a mission trip sometime in the distant future. But God had other plans!
I was a primary school teacher for five years and loved it, but had felt it was time to move on. I spoke to family members who work on the mission field, and to the team in charge of missions at my church. We considered a range of options. Initially, I thought about doing something new, but the more research I did, the more I realised how much I would miss being a teacher if I took a year out.
I searched Google for ‘teaching opportunities abroad’. One of the first results was the Grace International School (GIS) in Thailand, a school for missionary children advertised by WEC. They needed teaching staff. I travelled to Chiang Mai in July 2019.
‘I currently teach sixth grade Maths and Science in the Elementary department.
I had the opportunity to support and encourage students in their faith.’
On the whole, it is very similar to teaching in the UK, but we follow an American curriculum, which has taken some adjustment. Classes are also much smaller than in the UK: around 18 students per class. As it is a christian school, there is a strong emphasis on Bible integration. That means we have the opportunity to teach the Bible to our students, show them the love of Jesus, and support and encourage them in their faith. The school mainly caters for the children of missionaries, as Chiang Mai is a central location for mission workers serving throughout Southeast Asia. However, a small percentage of the children are also Thai nationals.
‘One of the best things about being here has been learning about a different culture.
The Thai culture is beautiful and the people are so humble and servant-hearted.’
I have also loved meeting people from other backgrounds. Each person has incredible stories of what God has done in and through their lives, and this has encouraged me in my own relationship with God. I have been supported so well by WEC, too, and the Chiang Mai Education Ministries team have been like family to me: they made sure I settled into life in Chiang Mai, and taught me everything I needed to know.
Read Anna's full story here: wec-uk.org/stories/teaching-and-learning-in-thailand