As my last big project just finished it really does feel like my time here is wrapping up. I'm now in my last full week at my site, after just coming back from the Thai Youth Theater (TYT) festival. Last year I helped prepare a group of students that were part of my school's English club to attend the festival. This year my school was unfortunately unable to bring a group, but I still went as I'm on the planning committee for the festival. As the Director of Administration, most of my duties took place before the festival working on securing a location, applying for a grant, and making the budget. Working on this project was a nice change of pace from the English classroom.
The festival was a big success this year, with schools coming from all over Thailand. A number of schools returned for their second or third time. The students had lessons on dancing, singing, stage fighting, and stage make-up. The main event of the festival is a public performance by each group of a prepared English play. This year, in addition to teaching English and theater techniques, we expanded the scope of the festival to include lessons on gender and equality. We were funded by Let Girls Learn, a new initiative with strong support from Michelle Obama, that is meant to promote girl's education and equality around the world. Thank you to everyone who also made personal donations to this project!