By: Joe Caesar & Cera Cantu
Preparation for the parade started early in the morning around 6. The theme of the day was patience. We had to wait to be called for makeup and hair to be done by some of the villagers. Once we were dressed we had to wait for the parade. All of us crowded into a house in the village to get our makeup done. There were village children there that wanted to play with us. They stole a lot of cellphones and took a lot of pictures. When we got our phones back we all had hundreds of pictures of the kids and all of us that the kids had taken. Continue reading Parade Day
By: Olivia Start & Dagny Helander
Thai and English: two completely different languages with two completely different manuscripts. Despite the barrier, we discovered that no matter what language you speak, you can build bonds and relationships with nearly anyone. Upon arrival we expected to be greeted without hesitation or reservations from the students. As it turns out, not only were many of us out of our comfort zone, but the students were as well. That led to a dramatic increase in the difficulty of forming connections. It appeared that the kids were absolutely terrified of us and some of our group even thought they were disrespectful. However, the two of us among other students quickly learned that if there’s a will to get to know the kids, there is a way. Continue reading Reflections on Ban Toong Ting
By: Sarah Schafer
I believe global citizenship is the ability and willingness to observe, live in, and respect other cultures. After traveling abroad various times, and employing a critical eye when evaluating international service, I more fully understand what it means to be a global citizen. Understanding this concept is essential to success in public health and community development, and I appreciate that the May Term Thailand trip has allowed me to continue developing essential skills for being a global citizen. Continue reading Final Reflection
By: Dagny Helander
When I think about my past 3 ½ weeks being fully immersed in “The Land of Smiles”, there is only one thing I wish I could have done differently: I wish I could have stayed longer and helped so much more. Only four days at the Ban Toong Ting School was not nearly enough. By the time we left, I was only just beginning to form relationships and bond with young Thai girls at the school. Continue reading Final Reflection
By: Cera Cantu
I would be surprised if anyone came home from this trip without learning something new about themselves or those around them. For me, the most important thing I learned was to not take anything for granted. This could be anything from natural resources, technology, time, or people. Along with this, I learned to be patient and deal with problems as they come. Continue reading Final Reflection
By: Caitlin Lemmon & Mariah Hartle
First impressions of Bangkok and Thailand.
By: Caitlin Lemmon
As I boarded the plane back to US tears streamed down my eyes. Everyone says May term Thailand is life changing and I could sit here and write the same thing but until you go there is really no way to describe what we all mean by “life changing,” but here are 10 reasons the trip brought so much more into my life than I ever imagined. Continue reading 10 Reasons to Stay in Thailand
By: Madison Denkers
The most important thing I learned on the Thailand trip is that no matter where you go all people are the same and equal, in every way, except for their passions and outlook on life. Most service trip you expect to be these knowledgeable people going in to these poor rural villages helping a struggling community but what you find is that you’re the ones who need help. These communities don’t necessarily need our help, they’ve been doing this work and surviving for hundreds of years with the same methods. Continue reading Post Trip Reflection
By: Madison Anderson
Initially, when I was in Thailand, all I could think was how different things were to home. It was hot, humid, people speaking a language I had ever heard before, and traffic everywhere; Bangkok was so different to anything I had experienced. But, people are fundamentally the same. Everyone eats, plays, and laughs.
Continue reading Post Trip Reflection – The Universal Human Truths
Some photos from our fundraiser dinner, held on Friday, March 7. We raised over $7,000 for projects in Northern Thailand. Thank you for everyone who made it a success!
Continue reading Photos from the Fundraiser Dinner