PASCH youth camp in Khao Lak

PASCH youth camp in Khao Lak
© Sorapong Sawawiboon


From November 14th to 22nd, the Goethe-Institute Thailand organized a youth camp for 40 PASCH-Students in Khao Lak. Dedicated teenagers in classes M5 and M6 took part in action-orientated German classes and got to know each other and their environment in creative Workshops on the subject of ,,sustainability''.

Many People had imagined 2020 differently: various celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Goethe-Institute Thailand. Youth courses in Sankt Peter-Ording for 20 young people/teens from our ten PASCH schools. Further training for German teachers and a tour of the Deutschmobil to all schools in the country (with German lessons) as a part of the anniversary. But this is only a short list of canceled events from the perspective of the Goethe-Institute.

Due to the pandemic, schools in Thailand started at a later date. Afterwards, classes only took place in digital form for several weeks, before students could physically attend classes again. Initially with a reduction in class size and under social distancing conditions. Classes are currently taking place almost without any major restrictions, but the face mask has become an integral part of everyday school life.

Instead of the PASCH youth courses in Germany, the Goethe Institute developed a digital format for 2020. Unfortunately due to organizational reasons, Thai students were not able to take part.

Since the health situation in Thailand allowed it (no Covid-19 cases for several months), a possible alternative for Thai PASCH students had been established:

Under the Motto ‘’With German to Khao Lak'' a total of 40 engaged students at levels A1 and A2 attended the PASCH youth camp 2020 in Thailand. For this purpose, an equally diverse and varied program was developed: application-oriented German courses in the morning, in which language acquisition and daily use are the main focus. In the afternoon, the participants participated in various workshops on the subject of ''climate change and environmental protection''. In line with the location of the event, a great deal of attention was placed on the ‘’protection and preservation of maritime diversity''.