Posts Tagged ‘Student Teaching Abroad in Malaysia’

Jungle Adventure, February 2014 – Di Dalam Hutan

June 30, 2014

Ok, so it’s been a few months since we’ve been back. We’ve finished the semester and these student teachers have graduated. But we’re all still reminiscing about the adventures that we had just a few short months ago in Malaysia! Here is our story about one hot Saturday afternoon in February, when this group of student teachers decided to experience the jungle.

Ready for A Jungle Adventure!

Ready for A Jungle Adventure!

Now you may think it’s odd to have an ATV park in the middle of the jungle. But it’s there–the rock says so–and it’s truly IN the jungle.  We’d heard all about it.  We had to experience it first-hand. We got loads of directions from friends at the school on how to get there (all of them different).  Finally, we piled in the van and found our way in to the jungle.

a Jungle village

Village at the edge of the jungle

The further inside the jungle, the narrower the road....

The further in, the narrower the road….

We cautiously eased our van up the ever-narrowing jungle road, hoping to find the much talked about ATV Adventure Park.  And, finally, just when we thought the road was about to end, there it was.

With the motto “Respect the Jungle!’ the group was off on an adventure.

See you later!

See you later!

And what’s a jungle adventure without a little drama?

f Lost in the jungle

Lost in the jungle!

With two secondary science majors on board, they insisted on having the full jungle experience.

Jungle river swim… Is there anything more refreshing?

Back home, several hours later, these adventurers were washed and refreshed and ready for another adventure–this time on the town!

Paige, Rachel, Amanda, Chase, Robin & Mitch: All cleaned up and ready for more!

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Our New Home

February 22, 2014
We're here!

We’re here!

We spent the next day, January 31, getting used to our new home. We were joined by Dr. Linda Winkler of Wilkes University (above, far right), the Special Assistant to the Provost/Director of International Initiatives, who had come to meet our hosts at Sri Utama as well as potential partners at Malaysian Universities.

And it's NY

The first thing we noticed was that everything was decorated for Chinese New Year.  Bright colors, especially red and gold, were in every public place to celebrate this big national holiday.  What a time to come to Malaysia! With  a day off for the holiday, we were able to fight off jet lag and get acquainted with the neighborhood.

The View from Wangsa Maju LRT station, very near to our condo

The View from Wangsa Maju LRT station, very near to our condo

Looking our the opposite platform at Wangsa Maju LRT station, you can see the Petronas Towers in teh distance.

Looking our the opposite platform at Wangsa Maju LRT station, you can see the Petronas Towers in the distance.

The condo where we were staying was just beautiful.  Situated next to the Wangsa Maju Mosque, it is nestled into the side of the hill.  We heard the call to prayer six times a day, and we loved the view from our 11th floor windows.

Wangsa Maju Mosque

Wangsa Maju Mosque

The weather was beautiful, about 80 degrees and windy.  We were able to get our bearings and explore the area, where the cat-lovers among us made friends with the cute cats that hung out on the ground floor (which we would call ‘first floor’ in the US).

Chase and Robin: Cat lovers

Chase and Rachel: Cat lovers

Chase & Cookie

Chase & Cookie

Coming up:  Malaysian pizza party

Selamat Jalan! (Bon Voyage!)

February 16, 2014

A group of faithful friends and family members showed up on our departure date, January 28, in spite of the fact that it was freezing cold!  Good byes were shared and we were ready to get on our way.

Group at Wilkes

The 2014 cohort is sent off by members of the Wilkes Education Department, joined by old friends and family members, on one of the coldest days of the winter!

William waves

Jumpa lagi!

Faithful friends

Faithful friends

Selamat Jalan! (Bon Voyage!)

February 16, 2014

A group of faithful friends and family members showed up on our departure date, January 28, in spite of the fact that it was freezing cold!  Good byes were shared and we were ready to get on our way.

Group at Wilkes

The 2014 cohort is sent off by members of the Wilkes Education Department, joined by old friends and family members, on one of the coldest days of the winter!

William waves

Jumpa lagi!

Faithful friends

Faithful friends

2013 Visit to the KL Bird Park

January 9, 2014

And while we’re catching up on last year’s trip to Sri Utama Schools, here are a few photos of the Wilkes student teachers in the beautiful Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, a refuge in the middle of a bustling city (March 2013).

The peacock gives us a display

The peacock gives us a display

Flamingos

Flamingos

KL Pelican!

KL Pelican!

Wilkes Student Teachers enjoying the view at the KL Bird Park

Wilkes Student Teachers enjoying the view at the KL Bird Park

Ok, you can stop following us now....

Ok, you can stop following us now….

Waterfall

Waterfall

Taking a break at the Bird Park

Taking a break at the Bird Park

2013 GirlPower

January 9, 2014

Our Wilkes student teachers wanted to run a program at Sri Utama that empowered girls to get interested in sports.  So we all put together “GirlPower” and gathered the girls together for an after-school introduction to American sports.

Getting Started with GirlPower

Getting Started with GirlPower

We soon learned that these Sri Utama girls had a lot of energy and spirit!  It was hard to keep up with them!

*Running

The program ran for two weeks after school, and we all enjoyed every minute of it.  We hear there’s a request to bring it back this year….. Anybody interested?

Sri Utama-Wilkes University GirlPower exercise

Sri Utama-Wilkes University GirlPower exercise

Sri Utama Friends & Colleagues

February 19, 2013

Here are just a few photos of friends and colleagues at Sri Utama who have been so helpful to us!

Mr How's Birthday

Pn Jamalliah (Principal), Pn Hanizah & Mr How celebrating his birthday

Kindy teachers

The Kindergarten Teachers

SSU Friends

SSU Office Assistants  — yes, they are always smiling!

Fadzilla & William

Fadzilah & William