Adam Madacsi a new volunteer of CED (Hungary)
At the biodiversity station, we organised a short game for children firstly in order to shake them up a bit and create a fun but caring atmosphere. We thought them sentences in Hungarian, Korean and French. After this game, the children were separated into two groups and the discovery has started!
I joined to the group, which visited the rare animals first kept at the building of the station and near to it in cages. To be honest, I do not like very much putting animals into cages, because I feel their place is rather in the nature. However, it was amazing to see rare reptiles, frogs,snakes, geckos and many kinds of turtles. During this program we also saw many huge and beautiful butterflies, which you can never find in Europe. The children also had the possibility to touch frogs to observe them closely, however I felt a bit pity for that poor animals; they should be scared as hell. After observing the reptiles, we also checked monkeyish mammals, and to my surprise, we also saw gibbons. They were amazingly nice and funny, they enjoyed the audience very much and it felt like they made performances for us; they flew from tree to tree making incredible breakneck attractions.
|It was amazing to see rare reptiles, frogs,snakes, geckos and many kinds of turtles|
As a next program element, we visited the orchid’s farm, in which the employees of the biodiversity station plant many kinds of beautiful and good-smelling orchids. It was also amazing, while I have never seen orchids back home in their own environment – just in flower shops and hypermarkets. In my point of view, this educational tour was very useful for the children, because they had the chance to see, observe and touch animals and plants in their own environment while the facilitators of the biodiversity station gave them information regarding the nature they saw and educate them about it. I believe this kind of interactive and observation-based education method is way more effective compare to traditional classroom-based techniques and it is also inevitable in order to pass on the appropriate and necessary knowledge to students.
|We visited the orchid’s farm|
|I have never seen orchids back home in their own environment – just in flower shops and hypermarkets|
|Many kinds of beautiful and good-smelling orchids|
Further, we had a great lunch together with the students, teachers, employees of the station and other volunteers. That was a great experience for me, mainly, because the food was amazing! Beforehand, the other volunteers and I helped to cook the food, which was a great fun!
|The food was amazing!|
|The other volunteers and I helped to cook the food, which was a great fun|
During the afternoon, we completed a long hike in the jungle. To be honest, I was not prepared appropriately for that. I was told beforehand that we are going to walk in a pine forest. However, it was not a pine forest, but a serious jungle, with plants higher than me everywhere, hot, humid and a huge amount of mosquitos. Apart from these negativities, it was very beautiful and a great experience! Later, I was very grateful that I could hike in the jungle over runnels, between beautiful plants, which I have never seen before. I also saw wild green tea plants, which was a fantastic experience for me. I have never seen green tea before, just in the form of a tea filter. We also had the chance to get to know a plant called Shy-flower, which is able to move and close its leaves if somebody touches it. That is amazing, I was shocked to see moving plants! Some of the children also felt in the small runnels and they got totally wet – they were very active and playful!
|I was very grateful that I could hike in the jungle over runnels, between beautiful plants, which I have never seen before|
I spoke a lot with the children during the bus trip and the morning programs. They were brilliant; very smart, creative and cheerful. They thought me for some magic tricks and told me their stories about their life, their hobbies, favourite movies, series and books. By the way, they spoke English on an unbelievably good level, it was very nice and comforting, that the future generation of Vietnam are so prepared at such a young age. They are the next generation, who can bring hope and prosperity to this country, and I think they perform well!
|I spoke a lot with the children during the bus trip and the morning programs. They were brilliant; very smart, creative and cheerful|
|It was very interesting to experience by myself the extent of how globalised the so called Z-generation is, completely regardless whether they live in Europe, the USA or Vietnam|
|After the 2.5 hours hike in the jungle, we arrived back to the station of biodiversity|
|In Europe almost all of the schools follow the so called “Prussian method”, in Vietnam, the case is very different|