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Final Reflection

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

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

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

10 Reasons to Stay in 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

Post Trip Reflection

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

Post Trip Reflection – The Universal Human Truths

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.

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Post-Trip Reflection

By: Rachel Wong

Over the course of my trip to Thailand, the most important thing that I have learned is the quality of flexibility.  Being open, ready and flexible for anything that is thrown at you during the trip will ensure that you will have the best trip of your life.  Thailand is extremely different from the United States, and there are more than a few times where you are out of your comfort zone. Continue reading Post-Trip Reflection

The Value of Education

By: Karsten Gillwald

How can you determine the wealth of a nation? Is it through something as simple as adding up all the money in the banks or evaluating the Gross Domestic Product (GDP)? Or is it through something else entirely? After spending a month in Thailand in some very remote locations, one thing stood out more than anything else: discrepancy in the equality of education. In Bangkok, there were several schools with beautiful buildings that looked well supplied and prepared to teach its students. Then, as we traveled to Kalasin, and later to the Ban Toong Ting school, two things happened, the overall poverty increased, and the accessibility to education decreased. In Kalasin, we visited several schools, all of which, with the exception of the Pattana School, were small, one or two room schools with many needs. The school in the Kokjaruen Village was a one room school, with a kitchen, and two bathrooms that is responsible for 40 students. Continue reading The Value of Education

The Importance of Cultural Context in Doing Service

By: Melody Van De Graaff

In the week that I’ve been back, many have asked for one experience that captures the essence of the trip. No matter how hard I try, I cannot find one experience. However, there are a collection of experiences that stuck with me and shaped a lot of my thoughts on service and social work. Continue reading The Importance of Cultural Context in Doing Service