Ans : I was born in Singburi.
Ans : I learned how to speak English when I was in university doing my bachelors.
Ans : I graduated from Ratchapat university in Bangkok.
Ans : After I finished college, there was a government competition to search for English teachers. I won the competition and started teaching high school English.
Ans : I have been teaching English since 1984, so 30 years. I started teaching in 1 school but now I teach at more than 10.
6. When and how did you get the idea to start the home stay volunteer program to teach English to kids?
Ans: 12 years ago, a friend of mine used to teach at a big high school that had native English speakers to teach English. I wanted them for my school too but my school could not afford the high salary that was required so I got the idea to invite volunteers to come live with me and teach English to kids.
Ans : When I first started, there was no Facebook so I had to personally email potential volunteers and invite them. My first volunteer was an American student. I had volunteers only for my school during the first year but gradually, the directors from other schools requested me to send volunteers at their schools too so now the volunteers can go to more than 10 schools.
Ans: I save up my salary and receive donations from time to time. However, it is not enough most of the time so I charge a small fee from the volunteers so that I can keep the program running.
Ans. This world is globalizing and English is becoming a very basic skill. The students need it to get higher education and to be able to compete in the job market.
Ans : The number of my student range from 100-150. Their ages range from 3 yrs to 15 yrs old.
Ans : It is when the kids become successful due to the skills they got from me. It is always amazing to see when a son or a daughter of a poor farmer becomes a nurse or a soldier because they had the chance for higher education. When the kids and their families have a higher quality of life because of their improved income, it makes me the happiest.
Ans: Working with volunteers can have many advantages. I have only travelled to border countries like Laos and Cambodia as its more economical so most foreigners I meet are through this program. There is a lot of sharing ideas and sharing culture. Infact, I got the idea of teaching the poor kids from a volunteer who wanted to teach during the weekends. Working with volunteers is also wonderful because I get to witness genuine goodness and kindness from all over the world.
Ans : My dream for the future is to have more volunteers with a successful program so that we can help the children reach their full potential. I believe that if we help the kids, we help the entire community. When children become highly educated and get good jobs, that is when this community will improve its quality of life.