Overall Rating:/ 10I knew I would have a great time in Thailand, but didn't think it would be so much fun and meaningful as well, and both programs I participated in were amazing! This was by far the best experience I have ever had, and I wish I could have stayed forever!
Here is my feedback:
Teaching English to Novice Monks:
These 4 weeks of volunteering in a temple were above and beyond all my expectations. I feel that I’ve been fortunate to take part in a very meaningful project. Additionally, I’m grateful to have left my imprint on novice monks whom I taught and who taught me just as much. My daily visits in the temple made me feel like a member of this huge family of Buddhism, and that is something that no tourist experiences.
In addition, this month was a lot more than just teaching; I’ve had the opportunity to learn about a whole new culture through its language, traditions, tastes, and sceneries. The fact that volunteers have the weekends off allowed me to travel around Chiang Mai and take tours outside of the city. It created even more experiences and memories that I’ll never forget.
For everyone who is looking for an interesting way of traveling, I would recommend that they join one of the projects and get ready for a mind-opening experience.
English Education in a Primary School:
Teaching in a local primary school in Thailand is an experience I will never forget. I am very interested in education in general and as a volunteer I was able to learn about the local culture and how it comes to play in the education that the kids get from the moment they go to kindergarten. The kids were very attentive and grateful, and I was very much surprised by their level of English. The fact that the older kids could understand most of what I said allowed me to contribute a lot more than I thought I would, and I wish I had done it for more than just two weeks.
Thank you again to all the team at Love Volunteers for all your support, and for making this experience possible!