By: Lacy Carter
What did I learn on my trip to Thailand? Well the most important thing that I learned is that life can be very simple. You don’t need a lot to be happy or worth something. Family is very important whether they are your family by blood or they are just the ones that are always with you and helping you and you should always keep them close. I feel here in the U.S. we take a lot for granted and we think we are always owed something. In Thailand everywhere we went we were welcomed with open arms and everyone wanted to help us, sometimes I almost felt like maybe they thought we were incapable of doing something’s, even though that really wasn’t the case. We were there to help them and learn about their culture so they wanted to help us as much as they could. There was definitely a language barrier most places we went, but it didn’t take me long to figure out that a wave and a smile goes along way. I didn’t do very well at speaking Thai and it was hard for me to remember how to say a lot of things but even though I did speak English to everyone (whether they understood me or not) I did always hello, thank you, and goodbye with a smile and it always seemed to work out. If I could have stayed in the second village and played with those kids for longer it would have me happy for the rest of my life. They were so cute and didn’t seem to have a care in the world. They were happy to come to school on the weekend to hang out with us and play games as well as see us off. Here in the states I don’t feel any school aged child would go to school on the weekend and definitely not to play with foreigners. This was such a great experience. When my friends and family ask me how trip was and what I did I tell them but you can’t explain the feelings and emotions that come with doing something like this, and that is the part I want to tell about and explain the most. I really hope I get to do this trip again. I feel I would be able to take away more from it a second time because this was my first time ever being out of the country and I wasn’t really sure what to expect. But now I do and I would definitely be more willing to put myself out there more and try more than I even did this first time. Thank you Han, Peter and the rest of May Term Thailand 2014 for making this a great experience I will never forget and for making great new friendships.