Hannah Edwards

Thailand

Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida
School: Leon
Sponsor District : District 6940
Sponsor Club: Rotary Club of Tallahassee, Florida
Host District: 3350
Host Club: The Rotary Club of Bangkhen



My Bio


Hello my name is Hannah. I am currently a sophomore at Leon High School. I have lived in Tallahassee, Florida my whole life. I will be spending my Junior year in Thailand (which I am super excited about). In school I am involved in Color Guard which is a part of band, we spin flags; rifles and sabers. I live with my mom and my aunt. I am excited to get this opportunity. I have always wanted to go to another country and learn a different language. The Asian countries have always interested me the most. I love learning about their culture and their languages have always fascinated me. I am super happy I got Thailand. They have an amazing language and lots of historical sights. I found the exchange program through a presentation in my class and I was super excited. I know a lot of people who have done it and they all really enjoyed the experience. I will miss being in Color Guard       (they don’t have it in Thailand) but I will find other things to be apart of and still have fun. I can not wait for this amazing experience of going to Thailand. I am really looking forward to meeting new people and getting to know a new culture.

Good festival at central world for Chinese New Years

Good festival at central world for Chinese New Years

Christmas performance with my teachers.

Christmas performance with my teachers.

Going to eat Brazilian food with the exchange students

Going to eat Brazilian food with the exchange students

Breakfast

Breakfast

A building completely made of bamboo you could clone in it!

A building completely made of bamboo you could clone in it!

Sports day outfits.

Sports day outfits.

At water buffalo sanctuary with host brother and host dad!

At water buffalo sanctuary with host brother and host dad!

Scavenger hunt in Khao Yai

Scavenger hunt in Khao Yai

Journals: Hannah-Thailand Blog 2019-20

  • Hannah, Outbound to Thailand

    So I have been in Thailand for almost 5 months now and I can say I love living here more and more everyday. I still live with my first host family and I love them so much they are my second family now. I also have made a lot more Thai friends now since I am getting better at the language. I am still not super amazing at Thai but I am practicing and getting better. Since my last journal we had the holidays. And I know a lot of exchange students feel sad during the holidays but I didn’t feel sad. My host family tried to keep me busy and my host district planed thing so all the exchange students could see each other. We had a speech contest and did secret Santa which was so much fun. Then a bunch of us went to a Brazilian restaurant our Brazilian friends wanted to try it was super good and so much fun. But I did have to take the bus home alone later and it was really far and it was my first time doing it alone and I got kinda lost but I called my host brother and he helped me. And I finally got home. My host dad and brother also took me to an aquarium and it was so cool. I had so much fun. Then we went to a water buffalo sanctuary and I got to see a lot of water buffalo. My host brother is in university and he only comes home on the weekends but he was off for break so he was home a lot. During the first part of my exchange we where not that close but we got a lot closer during break and I am glad. A bit of advice try to get close with your host siblings. When I wasn’t close with my hair brother we didn’t hang out or really talk and it was really awkward to be around him but now I love hanging out with him and he invites me to do things and it helps me get out of the house and do more things. I have also done some events with my Rotary club we had a car scavenger hunt. We went to Kkhao Yai Which is like a 3 hour drive from where I live but it took almost 6 hours because we kept stopping for the scavenger hunt. We stayed in a nice hotel and it was pretty fun. On they way back we went up a mountain and went to a really pretty water fall it was a long way down stairs to get to the waterfall and we didn’t think it threw very well and we almost didn’t make it back up. It was really funny. We had a lot of fun. In school we had sports day which is a big event in Thailand at all schools. They have a parade which I was a part of I got to dress up in traditional Thai clothing and walk with everyone. And they have sports and games and it’s just a fun day. I had so much fun at sports day it was a really long day though I had to go to school at 5 so I had to get up at 4:30ish. I was so tired at the end of the day. We also had to do another country fair for the future exchange students who are from Thailand in our district it was pretty fun. We will also do one more in a couple of days for about 200 Thai students to come and see. It’s a lot of work but I love hanging out with the other exchange students we always have fun. For Chinese New Year I went to a mall called central world in Bangkok and went to a food festival it was amazing so much amazing food and I went with my Italian friend Elena. Then I went with my host brother to another mall so he could study he didn’t really study we just hung out with his friend and then went to eat ice cream. It was so much fun. Some advice I have for exchange students is learn the language it really helps you get more freedom to do things because your host family isn’t worried you can’t communicate and also make friends. It’s easier to learn the language with friends you feel more comfortable then with a teacher and they are with you a lot more that one class once a week or something they can really help and they can invite you to hang out so you can see more places and have fun. I love my exchange student friends but it is very different from my Thai friends and I live my Thai friends a lot they make the school day easier and they make the language easier.

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  • Hannah, Outbound to Thailand

    This is my first blog. I have been in Thailand for a almost 3 month I am really enjoying it here. They drive very small cars and they drive a lot differently then in the USA the roads are narrower and they drive very fast and they also are a lot more aggressive in how they drive and will just pull in front of someone and not care how close they are and the will also go around people even on narrow roads and they will nearly hit people and other cars. I’m not super good at Thai yet. My host sister is leaving for Taiwan with Rotary as well I also have a host brother (he also went to Taiwan last year with Rotary).We went to have noddles and boba tea with my host mom and sister. Super good Thai tea much better then in the USA. We also got donuts and went to 7/11. The first night I barely slept but I was really tired half way through the next day.We went to get me a school uniform. At gas stations people pump the gas for you. We took the new subway in China town. It was super cool and nice. Jet lag was really getting to me so the next day I did a lot of sleeping. We went to Korean barbecue and we got ice cream which was super good. We stayed out pretty late much later then I would in the USA. The next day we went to see my school and it was really nice. We where going to take the bus home from my school but that bus doesn’t run on Sundays so my host dad took us to the mall. I also went with my host brother and sister to the mall where we played games and then my host brother had to go tutor a kid in English and I got to help. It was fun we where in a cafe where we got green tea with honey and jelly the drink was good except for the jelly. The student we where helping was not very good at English but he is working on it. It was fun. I am still working on my Thai but my family is helping a lot and I really enjoy them. They are teaching me Thai by making me say it in Thai then telling me what it means in English. It is helping so far. Also my host family doesn’t seem to have a problem with me drinking or eating after them or them drinking or eating after me. Which is fine but it’s different for my then USA. My host brother had to go to university for something and then it was only me and my host sister. Thai food is very spicy not all of it but a lot of it is. We went to a Texas chicken which I found interesting that it made it to Thailand. We did I bus karaoke it was super fun I didn’t sing because they only had Thai song but it was still fun. We also took the sky train home it was pretty cool. The sky train is very nice. They also have Ikea here which I thought was cool. I had a really fun day with my host siblings they are great.I will really miss my host sister when she leaves for Taiwan. But It is cool I am only with this family until December 1st. I have my inbound orientation on September 1st. I had to get up super early to go meet my teachers. We where early so we had to wait the school was nice from the parts I saw. It was a little nerve racking just sitting there and having people stare at me but then was ok. School starts at 7:03 ends at 3:00 and it is 5 days a week but I will only be in school a week or so before it gets out for a little over a month. My host dad had to go do something while we where there and left me alone sitting by myself and it was very uncomfortable but I will just deal with it. When I went to visit my school one of the other exchange students from Japan did her introduction speech. I also met an exchange student from Italy with AFS(another organization). She was super nice and we have a lot of classes together. The English teacher at my school is from Hawaii and he is super nice.At school the classes I have Japanese, Chinese, English, math, Thai cooking, and a few others. Normally the students stay in one class but me and the other exchange students change classes. And our schedule changes each day. I had to go with my host dad to Thai imitation because we had to register me for something. We had to drop my host mom off at the airport she went to India for 3 months. Almost every night we go out to dinner which was new to me and I am having to get use to.I am about to get out of school for a month and a half. During that time my district has set up Thai classes for the inbounds and we have RYLA. I have attend two Rotary meetings and it was super fun. At the first meeting we had to introduce ourselves which was very nerve racking it it was still fun then we had an auction and my host dad got me a minion cup and we did karaoke after. I have been making so many new friends Thai people are so nice and they love to come and talk to me. My and the other exchange students in my club went bike riding around this really cool park and it was so much fun. Then we walked around and took photos. We ate lunch at the park the walked to the weekend market it was so cool there! There where a lot of cool things to see and they had really good food. So far I am having an amazing time in Thailand! I was on break from school for a month and a half and I didn’t do much during that time I was home a lot which was ok because I got to know my host family better and got a break from all the stress of being an exchange student. I got to go to the beach with my 3rd host family and another exchange student we and so much fun! I also had language camp every Sunday during my break and it was super fun getting to see the other exchange students and learn Thai. So far exchange has made me more outgoing and much more confident in my self I have had problems but I have been able to handle them on my own which gives me a lot of confidences. I did get very sick and had to stay in the hospital for a little while but I was able to deal with it and I am much better now. I just started school back and I am loving it. I get to see my Thai friends and my friends who are also exchange students at my school. I really love Thailand so far and it will only get better the more I learn.

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