Day With A Monk

By Laura, Cultural Embrace Teach in Thailand

As I mentioned in my last post, our encounter with Supat the monk would determine our plans for the week ahead.

Supat called early on Tuesday to arrange for us to come and visit his university. After school on Thursday, we were picked up by his driver and taken to a university about 15 minutes away. It was out of the town center and surrounded by fields. Immediately, it felt more peaceful than the chaotic road to our school (our school is one of four on this road – each morning and afternoon it is overtaken by 15,000 students).

The university was immaculate and beautiful. We saw points on the roof, ornate gold decorations and the stone Buddha sitting at the entrance. Inside was just as clean and people were required to walk barefoot. The classrooms were basic though fairly modern, and Supat told us that there were about 20 students per class (much more manageable than my 55!).

We met the Head of English (whose English was ironically quite broken), as well as another English teacher. Both were very nice and said that if we ever wanted a job teaching at their university (when we finish our current contract or in the future), they would love to have us. It’s definitely an option worth considering. We also met the monk who is the Head of Buddhist Studies (and Supat’s boss), who was again very nice and gave us biscuits.

After the grand tour and numerous photos (Supat considers himself quite the photographer and was keen to get his hands on my camera to take pictures which actually turned out better than mine), we were driven home, having accepted an invite to Supat’s sister’s house for a meal that Sunday. We had such big grins on our faces, and were excited to have a real Thai experience with our new bff (beat that Paris Hilton).

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