My name is Robson Silva and I am from Brazil. I decided to leave my job in my country and join with ARI in Chiang Mai. I'm going to be volunteering here for 11 weeks. I’m a guy who loves the arts and I want to bring a few of our Swing, rhythm and the best of my culture from Brazil to Chiang Mai. Helping other people through art is rewarding for me.
Thai People are wonderful and I feel at home, like I would in my city.
I led my first workshop on August, 13, at the Wat Muen Nuen Kong School and I had the opportunity to show one part of Brazil through assembly of the wood aircraft - with wooden pegs (or clothes pins) and lolly sticks (popsicle sticks!) - which symbolizes 14-Bis, The first aircraft made by Alberto Santos Dumont, the Brazilian aviation pioneer.
The Children drawing on the Popsicle Sticks
Assembling with glue
We began showing two figures: one Brazilian Flag and the "14 Bis" aircraft. After that, I made a short explaination about Santos Dumont and we began our aircraft assembly. With 1 peg and 4 Popsicle stick we assembled our Aircraft and with many colours available the children could explore themselves creativity. They were really excited and focusing on the activity for the whole time during the workshop. After finished the assembly, they played with their aircrafts.
I am here for 9 more weeks and very excited about my future workshops and next week I have two more!!!