Letters from Laos (Savannakhet, no. 6) – “Coming soon!” by Souphansa Inthichak (Erasmus+ participant)
Erasmus+ programme: My expectation in studying and living in Karlsruhe, Germany, in summer term 2022
Let me introduce my name is Souphansa INTHICHAK (Nickname Mouk) I am 33 years old, I graduate from Savannaket Teacher Training College, majoring in English Teacher and I am a volunteer teacher in Faculty of Linguistics and Humanities, Savannakhet University (SKU), Laos. According at March, I will have the opportunity to participate in a training programme in pedagogy as well as English Department at Karlsruhe University of Education, Germany. I am very happy to be a part of this project Erasmus+ Student Mobility.
Editor’s note: Two years ago, the pandemic froze all cooperation projects between the universities in Karlsruhe and Savannakhet, and it also made travelling to Laos impossible for our volunteers of Team XI, who had planned to work at the Lao-German Technical College (LGTC), the Vocational Education Development Institute (VEDI), and Sunshine School in 2020. We tried three times to get the necessary permits, stamps, visa, and flights for them and also for our doctoral candidates and Lao partners – but this work was in vain. There was only one exception: Volunteer Leya (XI.5) managed to get over in March 2021, but then was locked down in Vientiane. Our last attempt at the end of April 2021 looked promising until the very last moment – and then a total lockdown prevented our partners from getting to the airport to catch their flights on that same day. Our next Lao students Ms Souphansa Inthicak and Mr Thanousone Sangthongphet are to arrive in Karlsruhe this coming weekend, and I will believe it when they land in Frankfurt.
Currently, I am studying Master Degree in 2nd semester, in pedagogic and also have been teaching as a volunteer teacher for seven years in SKU, also I am really passionate on teaching and love English more over I like teaching reading. English can help to know more cultural and open my mind to become more international. Even though I’m not good at English enough but I love teaching, I am very happy to be a part of the Erasmus+ programme between Karlsruhe University of Education and Savannakhet University to help improve myself and later also the students for faculty at SKU to comprehend in English skills and also contribute to Faculty development.
I haven’t know about Karlsruhe University of Education before, until 2018, when I met Prof. Dr. Martin, Isabel, She came to observe and guild us about Couse outline, then know David Schrep, he came for the University cooperation project between Savannakhet University and the University of Education Karlsruhe (Germany) in 2019, but in that time I’m not a participate on that project. Due to second project I’m be a participate for moreover I ‘m buddy of Rebecca Dengler. I help her settle in Savannakhet in 2020 and she guild me in class how to teach, play game, remember the world by doing word of the day, how to give feedback (like sandwich) and how to manage the class…. ,So I found that Erasmus+ is the project who support training teacher and research of doctoral students like Rebecca.
My expectations at Karlsruhe University of Education due to living in aboard is an amazing, life changing adventure that will not only leave my with memories for a lifetime, but continue to transform my career path and expand my skills.
My first fight is on 4 march 2022, So i’m very exciting ,whether that includes different languages, religions, daily practices or living circumstances.
Text by S. Inthicak
Photos by S. Inthicak & P. Keomanyvanh