Both Clare and Haley were 2014 fellows in southern Thailand, where they taught English in Bangsak and Phang Nga Town, respectively.
Through partnerships with R35, the PiA partner school, and a local dive shop, Clare and Haley will return to Bangsak to continue Earthraging with English, which was created to teach students water-safe skills and about their backyard marine environment. R35 supports over 700 K-12 students, many of whom are orphans from the tsunami. Most students at R35 have never been in the ocean, cannot swim, and fear the water due to the devastation from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Earthraging aims to exchange this fear of the ocean for a community desire to learn to swim and protect the local environment.
As Carriebright fellows, Clare and Haley will return to Bangsak to ensure the program’s long-term sustainability and aim to teach every student at R35 water safe skills. R35 is eager for them to return to make the program a part of the school curriculum through the ESL department. Ultimately, Earthraging will improve its students’ English through lessons in school, give them the opportunity to become dive certified through sponsorship, and increase their access to employment in their backyard marine environment and tourism industry.