I was a volunteer in Thailand from June to August as part of my French business school coursework. I learnt a lot about myself and I am definitely more open minded now. My principal mission was to teach English to the children and I am sure that they enjoyed it. I adapted my teaching to the studentsí level, and tried every day to be creative. Thai students are very excited about to have foreigners as a teacher. Now my students can speak about themselves and they are able to explain their ideas in English.
I also learned a lot about Thailand. Firstly I was very lucky to live with host family. It is the best way to know a new culture. Moreover my host could speak some English, so it was nice to speak with him to learn more about Thailand. Thai people are very nice and always smiling, and they are always very happy to help you. To illustrate this idea I remember that every single day they asked me if I was happy, and when I answered Yes, they replied that they were happy because I was happy! This anecdote shows exactly the mentality of Thai people. And even though my hosts was not rich, they gave me everything I needed.
To conclude I want to say you thank you to Volunthai for this fantastic experience. It was exactly what I was looking for: the rich human experience of discovering a new culture.