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Volunthai’s Travel Diary

Saturday, 29 Aug 2009

Location: Italy

MapI and my wife Melanie (we're 27 and 22 years old, I am Italian and she is dual Japanese and US) spent nearly two months volunteering in Aranyaprathet, Sa Keow province, at Klongnamsai secondary school, near Cambodia. It was a middle-size, rural school with around 600 students, ranging from 10-years old to 18 years old.
Our experience was wonderful! Not only was the host family very nice (thanks a lot Mrs. Tui and Mr. Nolongchan!!) and treated us like two more members of their family, but all the school's teachers were so warm and nice towards us we were stunned!
And the children! They were the most rewarding element of the whole experience! They always greeted us with their "sawasdee-ka/krap and they always called us teachers! :) Teaching English through games was the most fun, and we must surely thank the English teachers of the school (especially Mrs. Ee and Ms. Nick) for their patience and help throughout!
All in all: a wonderful experience! Do yourself a favor and if you want to go volunteering in Thailand choose Volunthai for a safe, reliable placement!

Roberto and Melanie

P.S.
- Aranyaprathet is a border town, "plagued" by a lot of beggars and poor people. But everybody here is very nice and welcoming, something it will surely amaze you!