WE volunteer Robynn, a teacher and some students with their trophy at the national ASL competition in Bangkok

Robynn is currently volunteering in Bangkok, Thailand at a school for children with hearing impairments. A cochlear implant recipient herself, Robynn is passionate about helping others, particularly those in the deaf community. Here is a letter she wrote about her experience so far in Thailand. We’re looking forward to more updates over the next few months!


Hi –
What a day! We had the National ASL (American Sign Language) Fingerspelling Contest yesterday. 25 teams from schools all around Thailand – like Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Pattaya – came to Bangkok for the tournament.

My Thai students did an excellent job. We had 2 teams – a junior high and a senior high team. Both teams placed 1st with huge trophies! The Minister of Thailand even came to the award ceremony.

I am so proud of my students! I worked with them on how to present on the stage, how to sign clearly, and respect the front of the judges and audiences. It was tough, but they kept practicing for 3 days. They wrote letters in English at the final rehearsal, and I gave them an A+. They all were so excited.

I knew they would do it. THEY WON!!
((Please don’t cry…I’m sooooo happy for them))

National ASL competition in Thailand

Students at the National ASL competition in Bangkok, Thailand

National ASL competition students paying their respects before starting the competition

Competitors on stage at the National ASL competition in Thailand

Competitor on stage at the National ASL competition in Thailand

WE volunteer Robynn, a teacher and a competitor accepting the tropy at the National ASL competition in Bangkok

National ASL competition winners with their tropy

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