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Volunthai’s Travel Diary

Tuesday, 21 Apr 2009

Location: Southern California, USA

MapSa wat dee kah friends! I recently volunteered at Prangku Junior High School in Si Saket for 5 weeks. Prangku is a large school with around 2000 students ages 12-18. I taught 3 or 4 different classes every day. This was one of the most challenging and wonderful experiences I've ever had! Being the only Westerner living in this small village, I was truly able to embrace Thai culture. I even picked up a bit of the language rather quickly! I was completely out of my comfort zone and it was strange and wonderful. The food and the people are incredible, and I strongly suggest getting involved with after school programs. I played soccer with the kids after class and hung out with the Ponglang (traditional Northeastern music) band at their practices. I even performed in a local parade (see my pic)! The kids just love having a foreigner around and although they seem shy at first, they will take a liking to you quickly. Thailand is a beautiful and amazing country with so much to learn and explore. I can't wait to go back again one day! Email me with any questions you might have: andreamesposito@gmail.com. Cheers, Andrea :)