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Volunthai’s Travel Diary

Sunday, 24 Feb 2008

Location: USA

MapLisa Robinson

My intention in writing 5 months after my return home is to encourage others who are seeking a similar experience. Itís worth it! To say that it was an incredible experience would be an understatement.
I desired to live in another country and become immersed in another culture. I didnít want to be just a traveler, as I have been many times before. This time I wanted to actually live somewhere very different from everything Iíve ever known.
I was trying to maximize my limited expenses, and live in Southeast Asia for as long as I could afford. It seemed that many organizations I had looked into were taking advantage of people, it doesnít make sense how one could justify charging $2500 to volunteer for 3-4 weeks in a developing countryÖ not including airfare.
Volunthai was exactly what I was looking for. Everything about the organization Ė from living with a local Thai family, cost (or lack thereof), remoteness, and the fact that it was kind of like a box of chocolatesÖ I didnít know what I was going to get! I have nothing but fond memories living in my little village of Prang Ku. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a similar cultural experience. With confidence I can say that you will be shown the utmost love, care, and respect by those you will meet along the way. Most of all, you will get more out of the experience then you could ever put in, and walk away with new friends for life!