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Mae Tao Clinic-May 12, 2011

By: Alex Guinney and Feli Anne Hipol

Try and imagine going to a ┬árefugee clinic where individuals have minimal options and this place is their last hope. Well, Dr. Cynthia’s Mao Tao Clinic is exactly that place, where the Thai people allow the clinic to help those who are fleeing from the chaos in Burma. The clinic is located in Mae Sot, Thailand where our school group is currently located and where we had the privilege to go visit and take in a greater understanding of this community on the border and the medical needs of the many refugees.

Alex –

Nothing could have prepared me for the experience I had while being toured around the clinic and it’s many facilities each with a specific focus. I found the dental care room and the prosthetics room to be the most interesting, because of the tools used or lack of tools used and the craft associated with them. There was only one dental chair that was simple and looked aged and not much supplies stored within the area, and with looking around at the many numbers of children and adults, I wondered if it met the needs for the community. And there were prosthetics I have never seen before so I was very intrigued by the craft,and how they go about meeting the needs of the refugees whom many had been injured by war and basically all patients were male. They did simple leg prosthetics, as to which I was able to see a refugee who was the owner of two prothetic legs and was able to get around rather efficiently.I think that the hardest part of the whole visit was the surgical center and the children’s care center. They were not very crowded when we Continue reading Mae Tao Clinic-May 12, 2011

Transportation through Bangkok

By Feli Anne Hipol and Alex Guinney

There are many modes of transportation in Bangkok. They drive on the opposite side of the road and on the right side of the car, like in Europe. We have seen families on a motor bike and the drivers skillfully maneuver their way in and out of traffic. A common sight are taxis in bright colors, most commonly peptol bismol pink. There are also motor bikes with a three person seat carrier attached to the back of it called tuk-tuks, which we had an opportunity to experience today. It wasn’t as scary as people made it out to be, we kept our hands and feet inside the tuk-tuk and our driver was cautious for the most part.

A great way to avoid the traffic was to take a water taxi. It was hot and crowded, but we saw many waterfront houses and businesses and other sites tourists may not have the opportunity to see if they didn’t ride one. It was a quick trip to the grand palace and temple as well, about half the time it took in local street traffic.

Tomorrow we begin our journey on the eight hour drive to our first village in an air conditioned, ten seater van. The transportation we have experienced and the transportation we have yet to experience while in Thailand will be a great adventure during our May term trip in Thailand.