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Hurray Hurray! There’s light at the end of the tunnel.

It has been a little over two years since Chiang Mai International Rotary Club interacted with BEAM Education Foundation in cultural sharing. The impact of Covid has changed so many lives, yet BEAM has overcome the new challenges and, in fact, expanded their education program. Well done!!

A milestone has been achieved in the use of the online app “Zoom” using innovative tools such as breakout rooms and many other features of this online application. Learning new tricks is exciting.

On 21 March 2022 CMIRC members, together with the BEAM team held the first of an eight week program of online cultural sharing in English.

BEAM students and CMIRC members are assigned a breakout room which comprises of two to four students, a CMIRC member and topics that are set in advance so all parties can prepare. The objective is to help students practice in speaking day-to-day conversational English.

The classes are divided into two groups: a morning and evening, of one hour sessions.

The CMIRC team:

  • Roger Lindley

  • John Schorr

  • Bill Trempus

  • Colin Jarvis

  • Myrna Muyana

  • Gordana Nardini

  • Gary Herman

  • Nick Dale

Comments from Team Member Roger:

After two years of Covid-19 restrictions, it is great to see the young faces of the BEAM students on the ZOOM screen with the new on-line BEAM Conversation Partners Program. This gives us the opportunity to learn from each other's life experiences and cultures while speaking English together.

Comments from Team Member Nick:

To be interacting with these students face-to-face even if it’s online is FUN (#5 in the "Rotary Things We Think, Say, and Do) and rewarding. As with years gone by, these students are filled with desire, energy, passion to learn, and improve their lives with the goal of one day being able help their communities.


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