News 2014

News 2014

December 2014: 10th year anniversary 2004 Asian Tsunami

As we approach the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Asian tsunami, we remember the very reason we started. We are writing to our supporters and inviting them to commemorate this anniversary with us and to remember that our mission is just as important as ever.

If you are interested in making a donation on this special anniversary, please visit this page.

December 2014: Santa to visit Kamala School 

On Friday 19th December, Aussie Pub Kamala is organising for Santa to visit the Kamala school and pass along a gift to the 150 underprivileged local Thai children who live at the school.

If you would like to get involved, please drop off a unisex gift of under 500 baht in value to Santa’s helpers at Aussie Pub Kamala or the foundation office before Monday 15th December. This gives Santa plenty of time to pack his sleigh! Students are aged between 7 – 17 years and we ask that gifts are individually wrapped. Cash donations are also gratefully accepted. Many thanks to Aussie Pub Kamala for their support of our students.

December 2014: Yoga for Coconut Club

Recently Teachers and Coconut Clubbers undertook their first yoga session at school. Khun Taan is teaching the classes at school and donated yoga mats, that teachers and students can get bendy together on Wednesday afternoon. The students are proving to be much more flexible than the staff, hopefully practise makes everyone more flexible! 

December 2014: Blog post by Teacher Martin

Teacher Martin has made this month’s blog post possible. In his post he shows his experiences so far at Phuket Has Been Good To Us. Head over to the website and see what he writes about. 


December 2014: Wanderlust: Expat Life & Style Magazine – Thailand!

Phuket Has Been Good To Us was covered in the newest issue of Wanderlust Expat Life & Style Magazine. The article discussed about different ways to give back to Phuket and included PHBGTU together with several other charities around the island. Click here for the full article that is featured on page 42-45.

November 2014: Birthday Party at Bliss Beach Club 

On Saturday 22 November we held another birthday party for our residential students. The kids were brought to Bliss Beach Club by TEZ Tours, and had a great time swimming, making balloon animals and preparing some delicious pizza’s with Chef Alex.

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers and supporters who made this happen, especially Bliss Beach Club, TEZ Tours and Outrigger. 


November 2014: New Teacher sponsored by Phuket Condos & Homes Co., Ltd

Thanks to Phuket Condos & Homes Co., Ltd we have been able to employ a seventh teacher - Tam.

Tam comes from Scotland and is very happy to be involved in helping educate underprivileged children and the youth of Phuket.


November 2014: LinkedIn Book Donation 

Recently we were lucky enough to receive a very generous donation of reading books from Vaughn and Sooji who applied for a grant through LinkedIn. Their submission was successful and they were able to bring over between 40-50 sets (7 books per set) of reading books, with the titles like ‘The very hungry caterpillar’ and ‘Green eggs and ham’. 

Thank you so much Vaughn and Sooji for your generosity; these books are so important to our reading group programme. 

November 2014: Eyeworks 

Eyeworks Australia came to Phuket to film a brand new television series all about Aussies in Thailand. They followed Mel and Michelle during their great trip to Thailand, during which they donated over 100kg of teachers supplies, and joined in various PHBGTU activities such as the Black Thai Muay Thai event. 

We’ll keep you posted on when and where the TV series will be aired!


November 2014: New Blog post online

Every month one of our Teachers or Volunteers write a post on our blog on the job they are doing for the Foundation. This month it was Teacher Agie’s moment in the spotlight. 

Click here to find out why Teacher Agie is a proud teacher!

November 2014: Phuket Has Been Good To Us in the Phuket Francophone Magazine

The Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation was featured in the 95th issue of Phuket Francophone Magazine with a full page spread.

For more information on this magazine visit their website

October 2014: Black Tie Muay Thai - 29 November

On 29th November, two worlds will collide when the sophistication of a high-end dinner in a beautiful new ballroom meets the gritty, raw energy of world class Muay Thai fighters – all for a good cause! The evening will feature amateur and celebrity exhibition fights, gala dinner and free flow beverages.

To join us for a night of Muay Thai and for more information about this event, take a look at the Black Tie Muay Thai events page.  


October 2014: The Model by Top Grand Fashion Show - 9 November 

The Model by Top will be organising a night of timeless glamour of fashion shows at Bliss Beach Club. During this evening Makeup artists, Designers, Shows and Guests Models will be bringing an experience of refined beauty. All followed by a late night party with resident DJ Chedi and DJ Taz and DJ Q from Phuket House Mafia. 

We are excited to be the charity of choice for this fabulous fashion event! To attend this event of for more information take a look at their Facebook page


October 2014: Phuket Adventure Mini Golf's Monthly Pub Quiz - 13 October 

On Monday the 13th of October Phuket Adventure Mini Golf will organize their first Pub Quiz with proceeds going to the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation. 

Gather your friends and neighbours and test your trivia knowledge on various topics through lots of laughs. 

Phuket Adventure Mini Golf's Monthly Pub Quiz is organised on every second Monday of each month at 7:00pm. Entry fee is THB100 per person (teams are limited to 5 persons). For more information head over to their Facebook Page.


October 2014: New Blogpost online

Every month one of our teachers write a blogpost on our blog to give you an insight in their daily life at school. In this month’s blogpost, teacher Alicia {with a little bit of help from Sophia} shows you how to ‘joob’ your brain. 

Don't know what a 'joob' is, or how to 'joob' your brain?! Head over to to see what this is all about! 

September 2014: Newsletter released 

Hot off the presses: we've released our September Newsletter! Check it out here, to get the inside scoop on what we've been up to in the classroom.
To subscribe, please drop us a line at

September 2014: A Night at the Opera

On Saturday, September 13th, Trisara Luxury Resort generously hosted the beautiful 'A Night at the Opera' event in support of Phuket Has Been Good To Us.
The sold-out event proved to be a massive success with gorgeous performances from FIVERA and an exciting silent auction that included luxurious escapes to Bali and Myanmar.
For a full recap of the evening, take a look at the 'A Night at the Opera' event's page

September 2014: Muay Thai with Kay

Last week, Coconut Club received some very special guests: Kay and the team from CB Fitness in Australia! They visited us to deliver a Muay Thai training session to the Coconut Clubbers, donate school supplies AND sponsor a class! We are completely blown away by their generosity and can't thank them enough.

To learn more about our Sponsor a Class programme visit this page


August 2014: Coconut Clubbers Splash Around at Splash Jungle Water Park

This month, Splash Jungle Water Park generously hosted our Coconut Clubbers for two weekends of fun! It was an amazing time for all 150 residential students that included water fights, water slides and tubing. A huge thank you to Splash Jungle, Centara Grand West Sands Resort & Villas and the large crew of helpers from Prince Songkla University for making both weekends possible and for creating an experience to remember for our students!

For more pictures of Coconut Club at Splash Jungle, click here and here

August 2014: Baan Kalim School's English programme praised by Ministry of Education

Earlier this month, Thailand's Ministry of Education selected Phuket's Baan Kalim School and our English language programme as one of the nation's best. The Ministry evaluated schools with less than 120 students throughout Thailand and selected ten high performing schools to represent a region. We are thrilled and honoured that the Ministry chose Baan Kalim School to represent Phuket. The selection was based on impressive test scores and the quality of its teaching methods. The Ministry will continue its evaluation and we will anxiously await their selection of the top school in December 2014.

August 2014: Phuket Sings Karaoke for a Cause

On Saturday August 2nd, Anantara Vacation Club Phuket Mai Khao hosted the Karaoke for a Cause fundraising event in support of PHBGTU. The fundraiser proved to be a great success with guests singing anything from Madonna to The Beatles. Entertainer, Khun Daeng, even sang a few numbers in Chinese, getting the Chinese guests out of their chairs and dancing.

For a full recap of the evening, please visit the Karaoke for a Cause Events Page.

July 2014: Lego Competition
The Coconut Clubbers showed us their creativity and engineering skills when they participated in a Lego building competition! From an airport to a dream house, the children let their imaginations run wild. An amazing time was had by all and the results were very impressive -- great job, everyone!
The PHBGTU team would like to extend a massive thank you to Dagma and her daughter, Kiera, for donating Lego and dropping in to make such a special event happen.
Please visit us on Facebook to view the Lego creations. 


July 2014: We have a blog!

It's been awhile, but we've reactivated our blog to give you an insider's look at what we're up to. 

Check out our latest posts to get the inside scoop on our fantastic team of teachers and to learn why Teacher Shah finds her work with us so fulfilling:

July 2014: Social Media Update

Phuket Has Been Good To Us has joined Instagram! We posted our very first Instagram photo last week and can't wait to share more with you. Make sure to follow @PHBGTU for exclusive content.


July 2014: Learning adjectives

Adjectives are a huge part of the English language and most of us use them every day. 

Recently our M1 classes undertook a project to describe someone. They chose a picture from a magazine and had to describe exactly what that person looked like, including their hair colour and length and eye colour.

The children had to use full sentences and read aloud what they had written.  Everyone did really well and Teacher Martin was incredibly proud of his class.

To see the pictures, visit us on Facebook.

June 2014: Newsletter Released

Our June 2014 Newsletter is now available! Click here to read about what's new at school, Coconut Club, upcoming events and much more.

If you'd like to receive our quarterly newsletter directly in your Inbox, please email to be added to the mailing list.

June 2014: The story of Baan Kamala School  

A Mathayom 6 student from Teacher Shah’s class has created this fantastic video detailing the history of his school, Rachaprachnukroh School in Kamala. Thaveechai Hakundai has attended Baan Kamala School for 10 years and hopes to be an IT graphic designer one day.

The original school building was destroyed by the 2004 Asian tsunami and has since been successfully reconstructed. Phuket Has Been Good To Us provides free English education to 642 students in both primary and secondary grades at Baan Kamala School.

Teacher Shah has added English subtitles to the original video with the help of her students. To view the video, please take a look at our YouTube channel.

June 2014: Rachaprachnukroh Kamala School's Big Day

It was an exciting day at Rachaprachnukroh 36 Kamala School on Friday, May 30th as the school hosted dignitaries from Bangkok and celebrated the opening of their new canteen!

The visiting dignitaries toured the schoolgrounds and learned about the school's devastation by the 2004 Asian tsunami -- as well as its successful reconstruction. The unveiling of the new canteen, sponsored by S&P Kitchen for Kids, was graciously attended by the Governor of Phuket, Khun Maitri

For more details and photos, please visit our Facebook page:

May 2014: Miami Beach Party a Massive Success

Hosted for the third year running by Bliss Beach Club, more than 200 beautifully adorned guests enjoyed a night of high fashion, exquisite food and free flow wine raising more than B750,000 for the foundation.

Dressed in their best ‘beach chic’ attire, guests feasted on delicate servings of food with a Latin twist prepared by Alex Oddy of Bliss Beach Club, Daniel and Shannon Moran of Point Yamu by COMO, Jan Hollister of SALA, Cheryl Johnson of Breeze @ Cape Yamu and Lady Pie.

Sipping on bubbly, cocktails and free flow wine guests were treated to live entertainment from EKA Soundz and a stunning fashion show featuring the latest line from Island Bliss.

For full media coverage of the event visit the Miami Beach Events Page.

May 2014: Back to School 

The new school term began last week and both teachers and students are excited to be back in the classroom. We have been spotlighting our teachers' classrooms on our Facebook page, including those of our two new full-time English teachers, Alicia and Martin. Both made sure their classrooms were prepped and beautiful for their new students and enjoyed a successful first week. 

For more details and photos, please visit our Facebook page:

March 2014: "Honeyteering": We got so much love to give! 

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) knows that many newlyweds today wish to start their married life together with a fulfilling volunteering experience in Thailand. TAT are currently running a contest offering the winning couple an exclusive seven day Honeyteering Trip to Thailand.  

Competition finished on 10 May 2014.

February 2014: winner of Desire2Learn video contest donates prize

Desire2Learn recently ran a video contest in which the winners very kindly agreed to donate their prize money to our Foundation.
Congratulations and thank you very much to Lim Soo Tong, Marsineh and Deepak Bhatia who were the winners of the video contest. Desire2Learn also kindly donated 3 Ipads to our Foundation on behalf of these winners near the end of last year.
The winner's videos can be found at:

February 2014: VOTE session

On February 7 Phuket Has Been Good To Us' third VOTE session took place at the Kamala school. Khun Kanokwan and Khun Jaray from Absolute World Group gave a presentation to our secondary level students on the importance of learning English and how a practical knowledge of English greatly increase the chances of meaningful employment in Thailand.
If you or anyone you know are interested in taking part in our VOTE Programme have a look at our VOTE page or email us at

January 2014: River Rovers donate 5% of tour costs to Phuket Has Been Good To Us

River Rovers feature Phuket Has Been Good To Us as one of the charities that their customers can choose from. River Rovers will donate 5% of the tour cost to the Foundation each time we are chosen. River Rovers is a Phuket based eco-friendly tour company offering unique tours while being committed to limiting its footprint on the environment.

It is apparent that Captain Gordon is very proud of his company and truly believes in its mission statement when he explained; “We really appreciate what PHBGTU does for our children of Phuket and as a small and independent Eco-Tour company; we care about Mother Earth and her inhabitants, and truly believe in the importance of giving back."