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  • Our Board of Directors at the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation | Phuket | Thailand
    2002 Peter was one of developers of the Hong Kong Telecom Foundation established to administer the charitable donations of the Hong Kong Telecom group and served on its board of advisors for several years He joined the Foundation s Board in 2008 and has become an active participant in the development of our donor base Michael Chugg of Chugg Entertainment is considered to be a pioneer of the Australian Music Industry having over 40 years experience in organizing and promoting international artists His efforts included have not only promoting some of the biggest concerts in Australia and New Zealand but also tirelessly promoting Australian music to the rest of the world Michael has been involved in an incredible number of philanthropic pursuits from the Paralympic Games in Sydney to the Wave Aid concert that raised over 2 3million USD dollars for the victims of the 2004 tsunami Michael regularly donates his time and talents to many charitable events Notably he was a board member of the Prince of Wales Children s Foundation and was responsible for rebuilding the Randwick Children s Hospital He is also a board member of the Golden Stave Foundation with which he has been instrumental in raising millions for the Paraquad Association the Camperdown Children s Hospital the Shepard Centre Nordoff Robins and the Starlight Foundation In 1996 Michael coordinated the Crowded House Farewell to the World Concert on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House and raised over 500 000 for Sydney Children s Hospital at Randwick This was the biggest free concert ever in Sydney with over 300 000 people in attendance From this glimpse of Michael s dedication to charitable events namely for children it is obvious he will prove invaluable to Phuket Has Been Good To Us Michael lives part time on Phuket Island Kathy Davies an active member of the Phuket community has worked in innovative and dedicated ways to raise money in the wake of the December 26 2004 tsunami Working with a non registered charity she has been in the position to directly help individuals with cash aid immediately and in several cases help people get back in business for the long term She has concentrated on the village and people in Kamala Kho Lak and Baan Nam Khem which were among the worst affected areas in Thailand In Kamala she has rebuilt several houses worked closely with 22 orphaned children and provided a full time caregiver as well as clothes and day trips for them She has also aided in the rebuilding of restaurants in nearby Laem Sing Beach In Khao Lak she has made weekly trips to provide food and water to several of the temporarily relocated villagers in the worst affected areas In Baan Ban Sak Kathy has made donations to the school including funds for computers and buildings as well as raising sponsorship through age 16 for the 24 orphaned children there Clearly Kathy has a keen sense of how to effectively and innovatively secure

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  • Our Board of Managers at the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation | Phuket | Thailand
    Sue has worked for the Baan Rim Pa Group of Restaurants where she manages the advertising marketing and public relations for their four restaurants Since the inception of Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation Sue has assisted with its marketing and public relations Her role on the Board of Managers is to help further promote the foundation and its goals as well as working on fundraising and sponsorship initiatives Peter Hamilton Fundraising Peter Hamilton was educated in the UK obtaining his law degree from the University of Wales After qualifying as a lawyer Peter joined Cable and Wireless and in 1987 moved to Hong Kong where he worked with Hong Kong Telecom in a number of senior positions In 1995 Peter left Hong Kong Telecom to co found Chinadotcom In 2001 he stepped down from the board of Chinadotcom and moved to Thailand in 2002 Peter was one of the developers of the Hong Kong Telecom Foundation established to administer the charitable donations of the Hong Kong Telecom group and served on its board of advisors for several years He joined the Foundation s Board in 2008 and has become an active participant in the development of our donor base Peter Ferrier Educational Consulting Peter Ferrier is an Australian and is currently the Head of Primary at the British International School Phuket He holds four University qualifications in Education including a Masters in School Administration Prior to his arrival on Phuket three years ago he had been Principal or Head in International Schools in Dubai Indonesia Germany and Australia Sarah Pettigrew Fundraising Events Sarah Pettigrew was born and educated in the UK but has lived and worked in Asia for over 24 years after moving to Hong Kong in 1989 with her then fiancée and now husband During her

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  • Our Teachers at the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation | Phuket | Thailand
    English Language and Literature He started teaching in 2010 and has taught high school college and university students in Afghanistan and Bangladesh Hossain gained a CELTA certificate from the University of Cambridge to teach English to speakers of other languages in 2012 He has worked with the British Council on a number of different projects A Certified Teacher Trainer for Bangladesh he delivered a number of training programmes to both in service and pre service teachers Hossain is happy to be a part of the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation Apart from teaching he loves to read books watch movies play cricket and make new friends Hossain teaches at Rachaprachanukroh School in Kamala Martin Katungisa English Teacher Martin is a graduate of Makerere University Uganda with a degree in Education After graduation he taught at Bwanda Primary School as well as in their Kindergarten room in Uganda Since May 2012 Martin has been in Thailand working as a teacher in both a classroom setting and as an individual tutor Martin always knew he wanted to become a teacher He finds teaching exciting as no two days are the same He loves living close to the sea as it reminds him of his home in Rukungiri When he has time for himself he loves to run attend painting classes and going to the gym He also enjoys spending time with his friends and travelling to Bangkok to experience Thai culture Martin teaches at Rachaprachanukroh School in Kamala Maria Bella E Rebusora English Teacher Bella comes to us from the Philippines and holds a degree in Secondary Education focusing in Biology Bella also completed her Diploma in Preschool Education from Cebu Technological University in December of 2014 She is a licensed teacher and has been in the Education Industry for

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  • Our Operations and Administration Staff at the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation | Phuket | Thailand
    Pro Am golf tournament to raise funds for the Foundation and is currently the MC for the monthly Aussie Pub Quiz in Kamala He hopes that he can help to raise much needed funds for the Foundation through his passion for golf and contacts he makes on the 19th hole Arporn Nortip Office Administrator Arporn is a local Thai and lives in Phuket near Kamala She has recently joined the Foundation and brings a wealth of experience to the Administration position She has a University degree and has spent many years as a teacher and in the Airline Industry She is appreciative of the work the overseas staff teachers and volunteers who work hard and come from all over the world to help underprivileged Thai children to have a better quality of life Once she was aware of this she decided she wanted to help in the best way possible Her position is to support overseas staff and to translate Thai to English and English to Thai when necessary and office administration work Leo Ferrari Fundraising and Volunteer Management Leo has joined Phuket Has Been Good To Us as a full time volunteer Leo is a graduate of Pontificia Universidade Católica São Paulo with a bachelor of Business Administration and a post graduate diploma on Global Economy at the University of California San Diego Leo worked for five years in the construction industry performing tax analyses and internal auditing on developing projects In his last position he worked at a biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Los Angeles California on the acquisition and expansion team responsible for implementations in Latin America After his time in the corporative world Leo decided to pursue a new direction for his career Reading our website he fell in love with the work Phuket Has been Good

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  • Our Volunteers at the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation | Phuket | Thailand
    immensely rewarding because I learned so much from them their ability to give when they had very little opened my eyes to the Thai community like I had never seen it before From field trips to the aquarium and the local Phuket University the children got to practice their vocabulary that we learned in the previous classes which showed them that learning the English language has become a necessity in their society I had the best time being a teacher s assistant this August and I would like to thank the Phuket Has Been Good To Us foundation for giving me this great opportunity Carrie Ann Pryke and Malcolm Garlick from the U K Back in England Carrie Ann and Malcolm googled not for profit organizations to find a worthy organization in Thailand where they could volunteer They are delighted that they found Phuket Has Been Good To Us as they have spent a rewarding three months volunteering with the Foundation Carrie Ann and Malcolm have helped with fundraising initiatives and with testing of the students at the beginning of term Carrie Ann has also volunteered as a teacher s aid in Kamala School and was delighted to go with 14 lucky students to the team building day organised by Coral Seekers They are both looking forward to the start of Coconut Club on Monday 15th June to enable them to spend more time with the residential students Carrie Ann and Malcolm are keen to remain long term volunteers with Phuket Has Been Good To Us Karin Long from the USA Volunteering at the Kalim School for The Phuket Has Been Good to us Foundation was such an enjoyable experience during my stay in Phuket I found the English program at the Kalim School to be such a different and refreshing approach to teaching English I feel that the hands on approach to teaching English works very well and the students seem to respond much better to it than other methods of teaching English Volunteering for the English teacher Sarah was wonderful and I am thankful that I was able to go into her classroom and help out in any way I could But the best thing about working at the Kalim School was interacting with the students and getting to know them I am glad that I was able to in some way contribute to their education and I hope I get the chance to see them again Chris Martin and CiCi Cheng from the USA Chris and CiCi travelled all the way from Athens Georgia U S A to volunteer for the Phuket Has Been Good to Us Foundation CiCi is entering her senior year at the University of Georgia and will be graduating next May with degrees in Political Science and Biochemistry Molecular Biology She has travelled extensively throughout the world with the financial aid of her university s Foundation Fellowship scholarship also volunteering as an English teacher in Tanzania last summer Kamala School and PHBGTU have provided an amazing experience for CiCi to fuel her passion for giving back to underprivileged communities Chris received his Master s Degree in Elementary Education in May 2008 from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tennessee He has worked as an educator in various fields including music ESL English as a Second Language and general education He is beginning in a new position as a third grade teacher at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary in Athens Georgia for the 2008 2009 school year Chris s biggest goal as an educator is to help those in the most need and he was thrilled to come to Thailand to work with the Foundation which serves many disadvantaged students the beautiful setting was a nice perk While working at Kamala School CiCi and Chris devised several units for use in week long camp settings with residential children The goal for these units is not only to foster English language development but to do so in a recreational setting that is engaging to these students The units integrate students knowledge of local cultural issues and daily life with English lexicon to promote as much growth as possible in a short span within pro social learning environments Joy Spencer from Canada On my second trip to Thailand as a volunteer I had the privilege of being introduced to the Foundation through a Rotarian in Patong Beach who was working as a teacher for Phuket Has Been Good To Us I was very fortunate to be able to meet Kate Cope the Director of Education for the Foundation and able to observe and assist her in the classroom at Kalim School She impressed me with her visionary model of service delivery for English that follows the new teaching methods I had come to appreciate I was also lucky enough to meet Tom McNamara at a Board meeting and his approach convinced me that this would be my next volunteer opportunity if I were accepted Tom McNamara s philosophy was most impressive in that he adheres to the philanthropic vision espoused by Chuck Feeney in The Billionaire Who Wasn t in that you give a hand up not a hand out A cornerstone of my profession is to give back to the industry I had many mentors and it is my obligation to assist in a volunteer capacity other child and youth organisations that are at the beginning of their formation Leana Cabral from the USA Leana graduated from Spelman College as a Comparative Women s Studies major with a concentration in film and visual studies Also a Fulbright Scholar Leana is a native of Providence Rhode Island in the U S A As volunteer with the Foundation in early 2008 Leana co taught at Kamala School and assisted with the Foundation s Be An Angel Christmas fund raising campaign Nuala Cabral from the USA Volunteering with the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation for three weeks in January 2008 was a rewarding and memorable experience My project was to produce a teacher training video to be incorporated into training workshops for Thai teachers interested in the foundation s unique teaching approach Helping as a teacher assistant during my first week allowed me to jump right into the program learn the expectations and meet the students whom I d be filming soon after The second week I filmed classroom lessons and b roll footage of the school yard and visuals in the classroom On the third week we did narration and I edited and completed the video My favourite aspect of my volunteer experience was working with the dynamic team of teachers volunteers and administrators who are committed to the student s learning and personal development Despite the challenge of language barriers teachers taught with enthusiasm creativity and tenacity which inevitably rubbed off on their students Volunteering with the foundation was inspiring fun and rewarding I felt I was able to contribute my energy and skills usefully while gaining new knowledge a broadened perspective and fantastic new friends To many Westerners Phuket is known as a place where the Tsunami struck and destroyed in 2004 To me it is so much more It is a place where resilience tenacity and cooperation flourish It is a place where children smile hope and dream despite the suffering they have experienced It is a place where volunteers are welcomed warmly appreciated and put to work I thank the Phuket Has Been Good to Us Foundation for this unforgettable opportunity to both give and to receive Hazel Roberts and Gary Gleavey from the U K The Foundation s first text book English is Good For You was designed by Hazel and Gary who worked closely with author Kate Cope Hazel and Gary donated their free time over a six month period to produce the book which contains over 400 drawings Hazel is a graphic designer for Warrington Collegiate with a BA First Class in Fine Arts from the University of Wales She began her career as a painter A specialist in education marketing Hazel has produced advertising material for cinemas and billboards She has won the FE First and Heist design awards for college prospectuses Gary is a designer for the Brindley Arts Centre in Runcorn Educated in Fine Art graphics and multi media Gary has been a desk top publisher of children s books publicity material for children and young people Gary is also an accomplished photographer in the field of education marketing and industrial photography he has produced CD and book covers His other skills include website design and video production Ian Prior Jean Prior and Ethel Sellers from the U K Having persuaded firstly my husband to take early retirement at the tender age of fifty and then my eighty three year old mother to join us we moved to Thailand Why Phuket Well if you live here you already have all the answers to that question I soon found that I really missed my charity work in the U K where I raise funds towards deaf children s education and I sought something equally fulfilling here I found that the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation was working in Kamala School teaching basic English to young children to improve their opportunities in later life As a result the three of us yes including Ethel plus our neighbour Sally now act as part time volunteers assisting the full time teachers with English lessons at Kamala School Many of the children there carry heart wrenching stories and as orphans reside at the school Deprived of the usual love and attention from a family environment these children ask for nothing but their faces light up when you make time for them and hugs are so warmly received and returned The real benefits of this work will probably only be seen years down the line However any input no matter how small is better than none in trying to make a difference Although none of us has any formal teacher training or experience we are more than happy to attend school twice a week to help in any way that we can Our reward Apart from the hope that in the future we might just have made a small but positive difference to their lives it really comes down to the appreciation shown by the children in those smiles and hugs Perhaps you would like to join us in trying to make that difference Rick and Anne Gartland from the USA Rick Gartland recently retired from the motor industry and is enjoying spending more time at his second home in Nai Hahn Phuket When not in Thailand he resides on a cold chilly island called Grosse Ile French for big island His passion is book collecting and he seeks out books on the golden age of travel in the 1920 s specifically Asian travel His wife Ann has now forbidden him from bringing any more books home and he has taken up the new hobby of supplying English children s books to people interested in learning English Rick linked up with the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation through the Rotary Club of Laguna Phuket He has supplied several hundred carefully chosen books to date from a list designed to meet the English learning needs of children in Phuket s government schools Rick sources them from book sales in the U S and is delighted to be able to fill the library shelves at Kamala and Kalim Schools with educational books seeking a second life Rick and Ann were volunteers in February and March 2008 and came armed with a host of materials for running extra curricular activities for the children at both schools The activities included necklace bracelet and paper airplane making classes together with book mark making and a captivating activity about How Books Get To Kamala School which used simple words and pictures to show the journey of the books from Grosse Ile all the way to Phuket Julie Goshe from the USA As a psychology major and Spanish minor my interests in child development language and education led me to Thailand to work as an intern and teacher for the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation during the summer following my third year at Smith College As an intern I created materials to recruit future teachers and donors for the foundation and most rewardingly I researched and designed learning materials and activities that were immediately implemented in the pilot classroom in the Baan Kalim public elementary school With the guidance of Kate Cope I spent my afternoons co teaching grades one through five and coordinated after school lessons that incorporated a structured play approach to practicing English My time spent teaching and working with the students at Baan Kalim School was incredibly rewarding I became committed to them as learners and as people and my favorite part of my day was walking into school to be greeted by my students who would surround me with hugs and exclaim hello Teacher Julie Every step forward they took with learning new words and improving their English made me as happy as I can imagine it made them The fifth grade girls would sometimes keep me after school for 15 minutes while they asked me questions and talked with me practicing their English The students are full of energy and love which despite the challenges of teaching a second language made it extremely rewarding to be their teacher As a first time teacher I ended up having almost a whole school full of favourite students Saying goodbye to them at the end of my internship was one of the most difficult things I ve ever had to do Back in the U S I keep in touch with the foundation and receive updates on the students progress and send the students newsletters about my life in America every few months My internship enabled me to explore my interest in the interconnections among psychology language and education and allowed me to apply the knowledge I brought with me from my study of children and language Furthermore I gained valuable hands on experience in teaching foreign language interactively and I can t imagine a better way to have been able to develop my skills as a teacher than under the guidance of Kate Cope who is through and through an amazing teacher My time spent teaching in Phuket was one of the most meaningful experiences I have had and has affirmed my interest tying education psychology and language together in my future career goals Through my work with the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation I was able to both gain experience that has shaped my academic and career paths and contribute to Thai society in a meaningful way through education Amanda Watts from the U K My time here as a volunteer with the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation has been an invaluable experience I have been able to learn about the educational programme and the children themselves from a number of perspectives Firstly in the classroom where I had very welcome support from Teacher Laura then during the testing period and marking processes where I learnt about the stringent analysis behind the programme thirdly as an assistant taking photographs of the children for their own personal records and lastly using my previous experience to help on the communications front for the Foundation Kate and Steve have been on hand throughout this time answering all my questions and offering advice I have felt very much at home in the village of Kamala there is always a friendly face to greet you on your way to school and make you feel welcome here It is clear from the delight in the children s faces that they find the English lessons great fun and they run to class always excited to learn something new I will always remember the kids and their enthusiasm they are honest bright and happy students and I know they will only go further with this teaching I wish I could have stayed longer Jane Saunderson from the U K It was a heart warming experience for me to volunteer in this program I was quickly accepted by the children and getting out of a Tuk Tuk on my third day and having the children shout Teacher Jane Teacher Jane was very touching The children are so warm and wonderful giving you hugs and holding your hand Seeing the children so eager to come to classes and wanting to learn is so rewarding I had the opportunity to work with a young boy Sag We developed a special relationship He was eager to learn He was very caring and loved the extra attention Leaving him will be very difficult for me I hope in the future that I will have the opportunity to assist in this program again Norman and Helen Dawkins from Phuket Norman and Helen are a retired couple who moved from Wales in the UK to live in Phuket Norman met Tom McNamara at the Laguna Phuket Rotary Club where they were both members and he was immediately impressed by Tom s drive and enthusiasm about the then new Foundation An invitation to visit Kalim and a realization that they shared similar views on education quickly saw Norman join the Foundation I was a career educator for most of my working life but never imagined being back in a classroom so quickly after retirement I began assisting in the classroom then leading some classes Helen who had immersed herself in Thai culture joined me and was soon assisting in classes herself She is still in the classroom and finding her developing Thai language skills invaluable in enabling her to connect with pupils more readily This year one of the groups she is working with Prathom 6 are the same pupils she first met when they began school in Prathom 1

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  • History of the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation | Phuket | Thailand
    a current Board Member of the Foundation Ms Birch Atkinson is fluent in Thai and spent a large part of her formative years on Phuket where she lived among Thai people and went to school at a local English institution She left Thailand briefly to earn an undergraduate degree in America but returned home to Phuket where in just a few short months she transformed her father s Foundation from idea to reality A Board of Directors was established with a mix of influential Thai nationals and foreigners with a knowledge and concern for education Start up funds were quickly raised and Phuket Has Been Good to Us Foundation became a Registered Charity We believe this innovative approach to using private sector funds in public education will produce long run benefits for those businesses that we seek to support us Despite Phuket s explosive growth all businesses on the island have experienced at one point or another labour shortages Our programme seeks to provide a mutual long term solution by the establishment of improved vocational opportunities through English which will benefit both Phuket business and local school leaving job seekers The Pilot Programme at Kalim The aim was to put together the best possible programme that would serve as a model of best practice in school based English Tuition This would provide a base for The Foundations future development and offer a self contained curriculum programme for possible adoption by other Thai Schools At the outset it was determined that our approach would be one that focused upon a functional use of English which took into account the economic and cultural context within which the children and youth of Phuket are living and learning The newly appointed Director of Education Kate Cope was responsible for establishing initial standards of teaching practice determining culturally relevant and functional teaching materials and putting in place benchmarking and assessment schemes The Kalim Pilot program became operational at the beginning of the 2006 7 school year on the 15th May It was lead by Kate Cope the only paid employee of the Foundation at this time she was ably supported by many hard working volunteers who assisted in classroom activities and the testing process The effectiveness of the programme was evidenced in the positive response of pupils and the resulting immediate improvement in English comprehension shown by oral and written test results Meanwhile Tom McNamara continued his efforts to raise funds and insure the Foundations long term survival His efforts were rewarded when the Foundation received 5 2 Million Baht through the efforts of Australian music promoter Michael Chugg who Mr McNamara had invited to join the Board of the Foundation The funds came from the proceeds of Mr Chugg s Wave Aid tsunami relief concert and proved to be enough to finance the full three years of the Foundation s pilot program at the Kalim school Expansion to Kamala With the Wave Aid donation fully funding the Kalim programme and additional support emerging the

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  • V.O.T.E - Vocational Opportunities Through English programme of the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation | Phuket | Thailand
    offer an insight into careers which students may not have previously considered by sharing with the students their vocational pathways experiences and the contribution of English skills to their success The V O T E talks also provide students with positive Thai role models whose achievements they may aspire to It is clear by the attendance levels level of interest and number of students who actively participate during each monthly session that they appreciate hearing first hand why it so important for them to learn English Please see below for a list of past guest speakers and please check back for updates Khun Lilly Restaurant Supervisor Absolute Sea Pearl Hotel Khun Wayu Front Office Manager Absolute Bangla Suites Hotel Khun Kaek Chef Absolute Bangla Suites Hotel Khun Cherry Nurse Vajira Phuket Hospital Khun Toto Engineering Absolute Sales Corporation Khun Dy Lawyer Absolute Sales Corporation Khun Keammy Radio DJ Mahogany Radio FM 103 0 MHz Khun Khwan Reservations Manager Swissotel Kamala Khun Jarunee Rakku Sports Recreation Manager Outrigger Laguna Khun Oamrany Tayalo HR Executive Outrigger Laguna Khun Nartipimon Vadsuntad HR Director Outrigger Laguna We invite sponsors volunteers and others who feel they would like to assist us in this endeavour to

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  • Our People of the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation | Phuket | Thailand
    we do with the children of Phuket is only possible because of the following talented and dedicated people Board of Directors Board of Managers Our Sponsors Volunteers Teachers Administration This Section History Our Schools Coconut Club V O T E Our People Board of Directors Board of Managers Our Sponsors Volunteers Teachers Administration Educational Approach Brochure Donate Today We welcome donations of any size however set out are some sponsorship

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