As a new school semester begins at MTP (the second for the school year 2010-2011) we welcome a new volunteer to the MMR community. Mike Savali hails from Wellington, where he is a teacher at the oldest Marist college in New Zealand, St Patrick’s Wellington. While with MMR he will be focusing his teaching talents on the MTP programme, both as a teacher and as a mentor to fellow staff. Mike will be with us until the end of the school year in March 2011, and we are grateful for the time and gifts he shares with us.
Sa wat dee khrap and Mingalaba. My name is Mike Savali. I am a teacher at St Patrick’s College, Wellington and have been there a number of years. I am here in Ranong to volunteer with MMR for the next six months.
MMR have placed me at the Marist Training Programme – MTP. The second semester has begun and I am teaching English and Science. One thing I have noticed since the beginning of the semester is that the children of MTP are very keen and enthusiastic to learn. Their handwriting in their exercise books is exceptionally neat. The children are polite and always greet you as they pass you.
One big challenge I face while in Ranong is learning the Thai and Burmese languages – I hope that in the short time I am here, I will pick up some words and phrases of both languages.