Three years ago a swimming program was introduced at Kamala school when local children claimed that their idea of a perfect holiday was to go swimming at the beach, yet many of them didn’t know how to swim. That’s when the Phuket Has Been Good to Us Foundation began offering swimming lessons to the students in the after school program, in addition to the English lessons the organisation was already providing.
“Children all over the world love to go to the beach and run straight into the water – but the ocean in Phuket can be extremely dangerous,” said Tina Hall, Director of Operations at the Foundation. “Our aim is to ensure that all residential students at Kamala school can swim; so that a trip to the beach is a safe, happy experience.”
Every Saturday morning the coach at Phuket International Academy gives the students from Kamala School swimming lessons. The students often get extra practice at the beach. However, during low season when the sea is too dangerous for swimming, the students can enjoy open swim times at The Palms or Kamala Dreams Hotels.
“We are very fortunate to have so many supporters like these hotels that welcome us to use their facilities free of charge, in addition to all the volunteers it takes to make this happen logistically,” said Hall.
Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation is a Thai registered charity, which aims to foster vocational opportunities for Thai children through English. English is taught to over 860 children in two government schools in Phuket, including 150 orphans who reside at the school. The goal is to provide the best possible English language education by placing qualified, fluent English speaking teachers in classrooms. The programs help Thai youth become capable and confident English speakers so that they can secure well-paid employment.
To find out more about the amazing work the Foundation’s teachers and volunteers are doing please visit the website http://www.phukethasbeengoodtous.org or like the Phuket Has Been Good to Us Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/phukethasbeengoodtous.