Volunteers

Hannah Cann from VIA teaches at a Bridging class
Hannah Cann from VIA teaches at a Bridging class

BEAM has an ongoing relationship with the Stanford University connected Volunteers in Asia (VIA) and is working with Princeton in Asia on a proposed Senior Fellow Program. Native English Speakers qualified to teach English, Math, Science and Social Science are critical for second year BEAM students preparing for GED and University entrance exams. Locals in Chiang Mai and family members of EBTM (formally BMEP) donors are increasingly joining BEAM as volunteers.

For additional information, please visit www.beamed.org OR contact directly to Volunteers in Asia (VIA) also has been providing volunteer teachers for BEAM – Nick Egert in 2011, Hannah Cann in 2012, Alyssa Paylor in 2013, and Elizabeth Neiman in 2014.

Lucy Coombs, Volunteer GED Program Reading Teacher

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Lucy Coombs teaches at a Bridging class

Lucy has been volunteering as an English teacher at BEAM for over 4 years. Lucy shared her experience at BEAM:
“One element of a happy life is purpose and that is what BEAM gives me. I have been happily tolerated at BEAM for 4 years now and I am becoming a better teacher as well as a better human. The students give me so much, including occasional help with my garden for which they get some extra cash. THANK YOU BEAM!!”

Pat Corey, Volunteer GED Program Math Teacher

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Pat has been volunteering as a Math teacher at BEAM for over 3 years. Pat shared her experience at BEAM:
I always had at the back of my mind the idea of “giving back something” after years of living comfortably in Australia. After a visit to Mae Sot and a drive north past the refugee camps I felt the urge to work with Burmese migrant students in some way. When I saw in an advertisement that the newly established school, BEAM, was looking for a Math teacher I felt this was what I was meant to do. I was very happy to accept the offer of a volunteer position. I started teaching in 2011 and have been teaching here ever since. I enjoy my current students and feel very happy when past students tell me how they are doing at university. The supportive atmosphere and my great colleagues (past and present) really add to my experience here as well!

Elizabeth Neiman – Volunteer Writing Teacher, Academic Program Associate

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Elizabeth has been volunteering at BEAM since July. She shares her experience at BEAM:
After working for four years as a social worker with refugee youth in Chicago, I was excited for the opportunity to leave the States to work with migrant students in Thailand. At BEAM, I work with students in a variety of roles, as instructor, as advisor, editing essays, personal statements, scholarship applicants, and more. I couldn’t imagine a more welcoming, diverse, passionate, or inspirational group of students and coworkers than right here at BEAM.

Hsin-Jung Wei (Melody) – Volunteer Writing Teacher, Academic Program Associate

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Melody H. Wei starts volunteering at BEAM for the coming year. She is volunteering as both a teacher, academic program associate and scholarship committee member since 17 August 2015. Melody shares her excitement to work at BEAM: “I first heard about BEAM when I was studying at Chiang Mai University during a semester abroad in Thailand. I knew as soon as I graduated that this was the place I wanted to be. BEAM is truly an impressive organization that places a lot of value in fostering community and creating a safe place for students to learn. I am so excited and humbled by this opportunity to work with such a motivated and passionate group of students and coworkers”

 

Iris Bercovitz, Language Arts Writing Teacher and Program Associate of Higher Education

Iris worked with us as the Language Arts Writing Teacher and Program Associate of Higher Education for 1 year as well as provided to the students while teaching, helping with Foundation activities, coordinating the scholarship fund, and supporting and mentoring students as they applied to university. We are grateful for her hard work and dedication to BEAM.

Iris shared her experience at BEAM: “I have had an incredibly rewarding and inspiring experience working at BEAM Education Foundation. I was continually impressed with my students’ motivation and determination to go to university despite many obstacles that they have had to overcome. It was also a joy to work with the BEAM staff and be a part of the wonderful BEAM community. I will miss the laughter and hard work that we did together. I’m so grateful for the experience to work at BEAM, and I know that I will always have a second family with the BEAM community!”

 

Rebekka Flam, Language Arts Teacher and Program Associate of Higher Education

 

 

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Rebekka starts volunteering at BEAM for the coming year. She is volunteering as both a teacher, Higher Education program associate and scholarship committee member since early August 2017. Rebekka shares her excitement to work at BEAM:

“Last year, I discovered BEAM while volunteering at their leadership conference sponsored by The JUMP! Foundation. As a volunteer, I helped facilitate a few activities, but mainly I listened to the inspiring stories and ideas of the students. Despite the trauma from growing up in refugee camps, witnessing sorrow, and moving to a new place, the youth participants had large goals and a clear vision for change. I was and still am so incredibly impressed with the students, teachers, and employees at BEAM. Less than a year later, I’m now here working as a VIA Global Community Fellow. I’m so excited to learn, teach, and make connections throughout Chiang Mai. While engaging with my co-workers and students, I hope to learn more about Burmese and Thai culture and ultimately create a positive impact in my new community.”

 

David Freidberg, Volunteer Social Studies Teacher

David started volunteering with BEAM since 2016 as a social studies teacher in BEAM GED program. David has been teaching at MCU Buddhist University in Thailand for more than 20 years and joined BEAM in 2016, as a volunteer instructor of Social Studies. Here what he says:

“I have never been happier teaching than in my classes at BEAM. The students’ level of commitment to changing their communities and the world, their hunger for knowledge, and their diligence, are an inspiration to me. It is a great privilege to be with these fine young men and women.”