Global Citizenship and Tolerance

By: Liz Behrens

When asked to consider the most important thing I have learned from my May Term Thailand trip the potential answers were endless as the trip has been a learning experience from start to finish. However, two of the more poignant and underlying themes of this trip were that of global citizenship as well as tolerance. I had some idea of what these things meant prior to going on this trip – but it was so much clearer after seeing both in practice. Continue reading “Global Citizenship and Tolerance”

Thai Kindness

By: Mariah Hartle

Going to a different country always has its expectations but mostly big unknowns. Thailand is no exception and as I expected my expectations were blown away by the Thai culture. As I sit in the United States, I notice the little things that can’t quite compare to what I have lived. With all that we did in Thailand and all the people we shared our lives with, one thing always comes back to me. It’s the thing when talking about Thailand I always over emphasis and want people to understand. Continue reading “Thai Kindness”

Final Reflection

By: Chloe Withers

Before leaving for Thailand Han and Peter kept saying the moments that will have the greatest impact on you will be some of the hardest moments of the trip but that these would also be the moments that we learn and grow the most from. They were right. Thailand honestly changed my life in more ways than one. I’ve never been pushed so far outside of my comfort zone. It was a challenge but one I’m glad I didn’t shy from. I took my first little step outside my comfort zone as I walked onto the plan leaving San Francisco headed for Taipei. I was working my way out of my comfort zone while sweating more than I had ever done in my life all while watching children shoot off home made rockets towards the sky. Continue reading “Final Reflection”

Final Reflection

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. Continue reading “Final Reflection”

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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