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Welcome to the 21st Century

By: Nathan Calies and Chris Roundy

On May 19, 2011, we went to an AIDS Hospice that I believe was called Chao Khun Phra Udom Prachatorn, located in Wat Pra Baht Nampoo, Lopburi. The clinic was located at the base of some mountains. It was a beautiful area that was well kept, had a good vibe, especially since it was for end-stage AIDS victims, and was an area for teaching. Han and Peter tried to prepare us for what we were about to see, but by our surprise, parts of the tour were not nearly as sad or touching as some of us expected.

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Service can be Selfish…

By: Chris Roundy and Nathan Calies

In thinking about the trip so far, especially in thinking
about the service portion of the trip which is now behind us, the many reasons
for doing service have become more apparent. Before we left for Thailand, the
group read and discussed two papers that addressed the ideas behind service and
how it is viewed. It was refreshing to see a straight-forward analysis of
service that wasn’t afraid to say that some reasons for doing service are more
selfish than others. Some of the reasons for doing service that were discussed
include: 1) a love of whatever god(s) you choose to believe in and his/her
children; 2) we’re all human and occupy this planet; 3) I can relate to your
problems; 4) bragging rights; 5) karma points. When serving internationally,
one might also include a desire to see the world as an excuse or reason to do

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Mechai Viravaidya: The Condom King

By: Nathan Calies and Lindsey Dunlap

Mechai Viravaidya was born in Thailand to a Scottish mother and a Thai father both of whom were doctors. He is one of four children, with his younger brother, Sunya, the founder of the Pattaya International Hospital and one of his two sisters, Sumalee, was formerly a journalist in Bangkok. As of now, he is married to Thanphuying Putrie Viravaidya. Mechai also has two grandchildren, Mek and Mok, who both sponsor a village in Northeastern Thailand through the Village Development Partnership (VDP) (Activities Implemented by Mechai Viravaidya, 2011).

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