Moving to Thailand: What was quarantine like?
In order to enter Thailand during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a mandatory 15 day hotel based quarantine period. At International School Bangkok (ISB), our student body is diverse and we have new students joining us from around the world every year, even during this challenging time of the pandemic. Spending two weeks in a hotel room, as you are about to move to a new country and join a new school can feel overwhelming, which is why we offer constant support.
We spoke with a few of our community members to learn more about their experience, entering Thailand.
Student and Alumni Experiences
There are many points of support necessary for our new students entering Thailand at this time. There is the transition into our virtual learning environment, which they take part in during their quarantine and in some cases before leaving for Thailand. There is academic and social-emotional support during their quarantine and then there is their transition into ISB for on-campus learning. The student in the video below speaks about her experience and about the support she received.
Our ISB alumni often come back to Thailand, to see family, friends and to visit ISB. Thailand has been able to maintain an exceptionally high standard of safety during this COVID-19 pandemic, and many families and alumni have returned for that reason.
Many Alumni describe coming back to ISB as ‘coming home’- a transcendent feeling of belonging no matter what your age. The video below features one such ISB graduate, who talks about the comforts of his quarantine period, what he is most looking forward to coming back to Thailand, and the kindness that has helped him in his school life and beyond.
During normal times, our campus in Nichada Thani is the center of student life for the ISB community. Although this school year, the campus has only been closed for three weeks at the beginning of the second semester, since February 2019, Virtual School has had to replace on-campus learning during some parts of the year. One positive aspect of virtual school is that it has provided a successful platform and approach to distance learning for students who are transitioning from other countries to Thailand and ISB. This student created a short video to reflect on “A day in the life of a high school student living and learning in Japan”, before she was able to move to Thailand to attend ISB in person. She also shared some of the comparisons between her life in Japan and her new life in Thailand, “I felt very welcomed by my classmates and the Nichada community. I used to ride a train to my old school, so I liked being able to go to ISB safely with my bicycle.”
It is on account of our teachers, our expansive student support program and our strong culture of care that we are able to support students adequately as they transition and find their place of belonging at ISB, even during these challenging times.
Thank you to these students and alumni for sharing their experiences with us, for our current community and for those that will be joining our community soon!