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Témoignage de Mike-Anthony

Testimony of Mike-Anthony (English version below) 

Ce stage en Thaïlande, étant pour moi la suite du Projet Laos 2017, m’a permis de faire encore plus grandir mon âme.  Je suis complètement sous le charme des Thaïlandais (après avoir été sous celui des Laos).  Ces gens pauvres, ayant le cœur grand comme le monde, me touchent énormément. Par exemple, je vais me souvenir longtemps de la journée où j’ai perdu une sandale à l’école : le concierge, faisant la peinture, m’a offert les siennes. Geste simple qui paraît banal, mais qui prend un sens profond pour moi : cet homme, ne vivant visiblement pas dans la fortune, était pourtant prêt à donner sa paire de sandales pour le bien de l’autre, et ce, même en ne possédant presque rien dans la vie.  Quelle sensibilité envers l’autre!

Dans le même ordre d’idées, vivre quotidiennement la triste réalité des Thaïlandais, où se côtoient la fragilité et la vulnérabilité ainsi que la force et la joie, donne une bonne leçon de vie à tous et toutes.  Ces personnes survivent à la pauvreté et à la précarité grâce à leur persévérance et à leur solidarité; pourtant, ils ont toujours le sourire. La pauvreté et l’itinérance, partout ailleurs, y compris à Montréal, n’échappent pas à ce principe. Ceux qui vivent cette réalité ont une force et un courage incroyables et ils doivent être des modèles pour tout le monde. En d’autres mots, il est important de se rendre compte de notre chance et de faire tout pour améliorer les conditions de vie de ces gens plutôt que de les ignorer, comme c’est souvent le cas. Cela débute par la reconnaissance de l’autre et le respect de sa dignité.

Par ailleurs, j’ai adoré ma seconde expérience en enseignement. Les jeunes aux yeux intelligents et remplis d’idées m’ont apporté une belle et immense énergie! Ils vont, eux aussi, demeurer dans mon cœur!  Je souhaite un meilleur avenir à ces jeunes débordant de talents, aussi différents qu’ils puissent être!

En conclusion, les Thaïlandais, petits et grands, ont une belle âme : une âme de bonté et de sagesse!  Cela permet de développer avec eux de vraies relations, honnêtes et profondes.

Mike-Anthony

This internship in Thailand, being for me the continuation of Project Laos 2017, allowed me to grow my soul even more. I am completely under the spell of Thais (after being under that of Laos). These poor people, having hearts as big as the world, touch me enormously. For example, I will remember for a long time the day I lost a sandal at school: the concierge, painting, gave me his own. Simple gesture that seems banal, but that takes a deep meaning for me: this man, obviously not living in the fortune, was yet ready to give his pair of sandals for the good of the other, and this, even having almost nothing in life. What sensitivity towards the other!

In the same vein, living daily the sad reality of Thais, where the fragility and vulnerability alongside strength and joy, together, gives a good life lesson to all. These people survive poverty and precariousness through perseverance and solidarity; yet, they always smile. Poverty and homelessness, everywhere else, including in Montreal, do not escape this principle. Those who live this reality have incredible strength and courage and they must be role models for everyone. In other words, it is important to realize our chances and do everything to improve the lives of these people rather than ignore them, as is often the case. It begins with the recognition of others and respect for their dignity.

In addition, I loved my second teaching experience. Young people with intelligent eyes and full of ideas brought me a beautiful and immense energy! They too will stay in my heart! I wish a better future to these young people brimming with talent, as different as they may be!

In conclusion, Thais, big and small, have a beautiful soul: a soul of goodness and wisdom! This allows them to develop real, honest and deep relationships.

Mike Anthony


 

Témoignage d’Alexis Godin

Testimony of Alexis Godin (English version below)

Le voyage en Thaïlande 2018 m’a offert plusieurs expériences mémorables. Plusieurs d’entre elles ont été plus marquantes que d’autres. Par exemple, enseigner à des enfants qui ne possèdent presque rien m’a vraiment bouleversé. Cela m’a permis de réaliser que le manque de ressources matérielles affecte les conditions d’apprentissage dans ces régions éloignées de la Thaïlande. Les jeunes Thaïlandais, notamment ceux que nous avons eus dans nos classes, entreprennent leur scolarité avec un lourd handicap.

De plus, la chaleur et l’humidité dans cette région m’ont clairement marqué. C’était super impressionnant d’être tout mouillé juste en marchant dehors! Et que dire de ces  journées à travailler à la rénovation d’une clôture sous cette chaleur accablante : cela était dur et exigeant, mais ce fut tellement gratifiant de finalement terminer ce projet! Heureusement, l’attitude positive de la majorité d’entre nous était une excellente source de motivation.

Les nuits au camp n’étaient pas les meilleures, puisqu’il faisait souvent trop chaud et que les lits étaient plus ou moins confortables, mais nous pouvions tout de même nous reposer suffisamment pour être performants au travail le lendemain. Les ventilateurs étaient clairement nos meilleurs amis le soir. Cependant, lorsque l’électricité venait à manquer durant la nuit, l’humidité et la chaleur rendaient le sommeil presque impossible.

En ce qui a trait à la nourriture, c’était un peu plus difficile. Malgré les efforts de la cuisinière pour varier les repas, ces derniers finissaient par se ressembler : riz, légumes et viande. À la fin de la deuxième semaine, bien que c’était pénible de se nourrir avec du poulet et du riz au déjeuner, nous nous forcions un peu et l’objectif, soit de se remplir l’estomac, était atteint! Même si c’était agréable d’être constamment entourés de personnes joyeuses et sympathiques, nous avions parfois besoin de nous isoler pour relaxer un peu : le site était assez grand pour aller faire une marche! Par ailleurs, les excursions dans les remorques de pick-up étaient vraiment agréables, cela faisait différent de Montréal, où c’est interdit, et cela me rappelait les balades en voiture de ma jeunesse.

Alexis Godin


The trip to Thailand 2018 offered me many memorable experiences. Several of them were more striking than others. For example, teaching children who have almost nothing really upset me. This allowed me to realize that the lack of material resources affects learning conditions in these remote areas of Thailand. Young Thais, especially those we have had in our classes, begin their schooling with a heavy handicap.

In addition, the heat and humidity in this region have made a clear impression. It was awesome to be wet just walking outside! And what about these days working on the renovation of a fence in this overwhelming heat: it was hard and demanding, but it was so rewarding to finally finish this project! Fortunately, the positive attitude of the majority of us was an excellent source of motivation.

The nights at the camp were not the best, since it was often too hot and the beds were more or less comfortable, but we could still get enough rest to perform at work the next day. The fans were clearly our best friends at night. However, when electricity ran out during the night, humidity and heat made sleep almost impossible.

When it came to food, it was a bit more difficult. Despite the efforts of the cook to vary the meals, they ended up resembling themselves: rice, vegetables and meat. At the end of the second week, although it was painful to feed with chicken and rice at lunch, we forced ourselves a little and the goal of filling our stomachs was reached! Although it was nice to be constantly surrounded by happy and friendly people, we sometimes needed to isolate ourselves to relax a little: the site was big enough to go for a walk! Moreover, the excursions in the pick-up trailers were really nice, it was different from Montreal, where it is forbidden, and it reminded me of the car rides of my youth.

Alexis Godin


Témoignage de Réal

Testimony of Réal (English version below)

Que dire d’une expérience comme celle que nous venons de vivre en Thailande ? La durée a été courte. À peine le temps d’atterrir de l’autre côté de la planète après 20 heures de vol, de prendre contact avec une culture différente de la nôtre, un autre climat, une autre façon de vivre le rapport au temps, le rapport aux objets…Ne restent que des images fugaces, des sensations, des impressions.

Le rapport à l’environnement d’abord. De la chaleur lourde, humide. Travailler dans cet environnement pour nous, nord-Américains, demande un effort auquel nous ne sommes pas habitués. Le corps rechigne avant de lentement s’adapter. Au moment d’écrire ces lignes, nous sommes presque à la fin du projet et nous commençons seulement à nous sentir bien en travaillant. Mais malgré tout, cette humidité, toujours, qui vous colle à la peau…

Le lien avec les gens : il est ténu. La langue est une barrière importante. Le thai est une langue difficile que l’on ne maitrise pas facilement. Cela limite énormément les rencontres au sens fort du terme. Cela dit, rencontre il y a quand même. Dans les grandes villes les rapports sont toujours viciés par les échanges commerciaux : nous sommes des touristes qui avons de l’argent, ce que les gens de l’endroit attendent de nous est que nous le dépensions; cela marques les rapports  d’emblée dans les villes. À la campagne, où nous nous trouvions, les relations étaient différentes. Nous étions perçus comme des personnes éduquées qui allaient aider leurs enfants dans leur apprentissage scolaire, ce qui est une chose respectée dans cette partie de la Thaïlande où les effectifs scolaires sont très limités. Nous avons été bien reçus dans les divers établissements où nous avons donné de notre temps. Mais outre les relations administratives, les interactions avec les enfants ont été très riches. Nous sommes en face d’êtres qui ont une  grande soif d’apprendre et aussi d’enfants qui adorent rire. Leur joie de vivre est en effet incroyable : tout les fait rire! Le moindre mot prononcé un peu maladroitement, la moindre mimique pour appuyer une parole déclenche chez eux des rires. Même choses pour les jeux. Ils ont toutes les meilleures aptitudes pour apprendre, et ce, dans le plaisir. Et en plus, ils sont reconnaissants de ce qu’on leur apporte.

Qu’est qu’on rapporte d’un voyage comme celui-là? Un élargissement du toujours connu, une sortie de sa zone de confort; un regard sur un monde différent du sien; sur une autre façon de vivre, une autre façon de faire face à la vie avec des enjeux différents des nôtres; une prise de conscience in-vivo de ce que c’est que de vivre dans un monde qui n’est pas aussi choyé que le notre. Et ce que l’on rapportera, au final, peut-être même à notre insu, c’est une vision du monde qui ne sera plus jamais la même. Une sensibilité plus grande aux inégalités entre les êtres… Et pour le reste, cela appartient au monde en devenir…

Ce voyage avec ses images m’a inspiré un poème que je joins à ce témoignage.

Isan

 

Rizières de carrés verts

Aux dos courbés dans l’eau brune

 

Cabanes fragiles sous un soleil pesant

Comme un soupir oppressé

à la recherche de lui-même

 

Pauvreté figée dans le temps des hiers

accumulés en montagnes de prières muettes

 

Paysans en attente sous le regard

Des riches Bouddhas immobiles

Au service des militaires climatisés.

 

Réal.


What about an experience like the one we just experienced in Thailand? The duration was short. Hardly time to land on the other side of the planet after 20 hours of flight, to make contact with a culture different from ours, another climate, another way of living the relationship with time, the relation to objects ... Only fleeting images, sensations, impressions.

The relationship to the environment first. Heavy heat, wet. Working in this environment for us, North Americans, requires an effort we are not used to. The body balks before slowly adjusting. At the time of writing, we are almost at the end of the project and we are just starting to feel good about working. But still, this moisture, always, that sticks to your skin ...

The link with people: it is tenuous. Language is an important barrier. Thai is a difficult language that can not be easily mastered. This greatly limits the meetings in the strong sense of the term. That said, meet there anyway. In the big cities the reports are always tainted by the commercial exchanges: we are tourists who have money, what the people of the place expect of us is that we spend it; this marks the reports from the outset in the cities. In the countryside where we were, relations were different. We were seen as educated people who would help their children in their schooling, which is something respected in this part of Thailand where school enrollment is very limited. We were well received in the various establishments where we gave of our time. But besides the administrative relations, the interactions with the children were very rich. We are in front of people who are eager to learn and also children who love to laugh. Their joie de vivre is indeed incredible: everything makes them laugh! The slightest word pronounced a little clumsily, the slightest mimicry to support a word triggers laughter among them. Same things for games. They have all the best skills to learn, and this, in the pleasure. And what's more, they are grateful for what we bring them.

What do we report from a trip like this? An enlargement of the always known, an exit from his comfort zone; a look at a world different from his; another way of living, another way of dealing with life with issues different from ours; an in-vivo awareness of what it's like to live in a world that is not as pampered as ours. And what we will report, in the end, perhaps even without our knowledge, is a vision of the world that will never be the same again. A greater sensitivity to the inequalities between the beings ... And for the rest, it belongs to the world in becoming ...

Réal.



 

Témoignage de Vincent

Testimony of Vincent (English version below)

Une aventure d’aide humanitaire à l’international exige une grande capacité d’adaptation. Celle-ci peut provenir d’expériences passées ou se développer à travers l’aventure elle-même. Dès l’arrivée en terre étrangère, le corps débute sa mutation pour s’adapter au climat et à la gastronomie locale. Cependant, notre expérience ne se résume pas qu’à ces adaptations, car nous sommes un groupe de seize personnes de tous âges et de tous horizons dans un pays lointain aux coutumes parfois insolites. Nous devons apprendre à vivre ensemble, à s’accepter et à se respecter. Cela représente un parcours souvent semé d’embûches qui demande patience et tolérance. Ce défi n’est pas insurmontable ! En fait, je crois que nous y sommes parvenus. À partir de ce moment, la force de l’équipe a pris le dessus nous permettant de réaliser des exploits comme de construire une clôture en bambou ou d’enseigner à trente enfants qui parlent une langue différente. Bref, nous avons pu nous adapter et nous améliorer ensemble pour accomplir la mission que nous nous étions donnés et, à notre façon, rendre le monde meilleur.

Vincent

An international humanitarian aid adventure requires great adaptability. This can come from past experiences or develop through the adventure itself. Upon arrival in foreign lands, the body begins its mutation to adapt to the climate and the local gastronomy. However, our experience is not limited to these adaptations, because we are a group of sixteen people of all ages and from all walks of life in a distant country with sometimes unusual customs. We must learn to live together, to accept each other and to respect each other. This represents a journey often fraught with pitfalls that requires patience and tolerance. This challenge is not insurmountable! In fact, I think we did it. From that moment, the strength of the team has taken over allowing us to achieve feats such as building a bamboo fence or teaching thirty children who speak a different language. In short, we have been able to adapt and improve together to fulfill the mission we had given ourselves and, in our own way, to make the world a better place.

Vincent



 

Témoignage de Sanaa


On dit que sortir de notre zone de confort nous apprend des choses sur nous-mêmes. En venant en Thaïlande, je sortais clairement de ma zone de confort : un nouveau climat, un nouveau régime alimentaire et une culture différente. Je me suis rendues compte qu’au bout de 3 jours de l’adaptation a été faite sauf peut-être pour la nourriture. De plus, je ne pensais jamais pouvoir interagir avec des enfants, et pourtant ça s’est fait et j’ai même eu du plaisir à le faire. Le fait de voir comment les gens apprécient les choses simples de la vie nous pousse à nous remettre en question. J’ai énormément aimé cette expérience. Merci Rahabi et merci au Collège de Rosemont!

Sanaa


It is said that getting out of our comfort zone teaches us things about ourselves. Coming to Thailand, I clearly came out of my comfort zone: a new climate, a new diet and a different culture. I realized that after 3 days of adaptation was done except perhaps for food. In addition, I never thought I could interact with children, and yet it was done and I even had fun doing it. Seeing how people appreciate the simple things in life drives us to question ourselves. I loved this experience immensely. Thank you Rahabi and thank you Rosemont College!

Sanaa

 



Témoignage de Sabrine Gosselin

Testimony of Sabrina Gosselin (English version below)


Le voyage en Thaïlande 2018 est ma deuxième expérience en Thaïlande. En effet, j’ai participé au voyage humanitaire en 2016, organisé par Rahabi et le Collège de Rosemont. Ces deux voyages ont été pour moi deux expériences complètement différentes. En 2016, le projet était principalement composé de travail physique; nous avons changé la canalisation d’eau d’un village du nord de la Thaïlande. Cette année, en revanche, le travail était à la fois physique et intellectuel; construction d’une clôture de bambou en matinée, enseignement de l’anglais dans les écoles en après-midi. L’enseignement en après-midi était une toute nouvelle expérience pour moi. Au départ, cela représentait un obstacle considérable, étant donné que les étudiants auxquels on enseignait ne parlent ou ne comprennent pas l’anglais, et aucun coopérant ne comprends ou ne parle le thaï. Puis, au fil des jours, un lien s’est créé entre coopérants et étudiants. Le résultat final fut un apprentissage mutuel de la langue, de nos expériences et nos coutumes.

Sabrina Gosselin

The trip to Thailand 2018 is my second experience in Thailand. Indeed, I participated in the humanitarian trip in 2016, organized by Rahabi and Rosemont College. These two trips were for me two completely different experiences. In 2016, the project was mainly composed of physical work; we changed the water pipeline of a village in northern Thailand. This year, on the other hand, the work was both physical and intellectual; construction of a bamboo fence in the morning, teaching English in the schools in the afternoon. Afternoon teaching was a whole new experience for me. Initially, this represented a significant barrier, as the students being taught did not speak or understand English, and no cooperants understood or spoke Thai. Then, over the days, a bond was created between cooperants and students. The end result was a mutual learning of the language, our experiences and our customs.

Sabrina Gosselin


Témoignage de Mélissa

Testimony of Mélissa (English version below)

Le voyage en Thaïlande m’a permis d’en apprendre plus sur moi-même et la culture d’un autre pays. Je ne pensais pas apprécier donner des cours à des enfants au début, mais finalement j’ai adoré. Ce n’était pas facile, car ils comprennent très peu l’anglais, mais j’ai fini par m’y habituer et développer des moyens pour me faire comprendre. Les enfants aiment beaucoup participer au cours, ce n’était jamais ennuyant. Ce sont des enfants qui ont le désir d’apprendre, mais qui n’ont pas nécessairement les ressources à leur disposition. C’est une expérience inoubliable et qui forge une vie.

Mélissa


The trip to Thailand allowed me to learn more about myself and the culture of another country. I did not think I enjoyed teaching children at first, but finally I loved it. It was not easy because they understand very little English, but I got used to it and developed ways to make myself understood. Children love to participate in the class, it was never boring. They are children who have the desire to learn, but who do not necessarily have the resources at their disposal. It's an unforgettable experience and forges a life.

Melissa



 

Témoignage de Marilou

Testimony of Marilou (English version below)

Ce voyage en Thaïlande fut mon premier grand voyage sans ma famille. Cette aventure de l’autre côté du monde m’a permis d’en apprendre plus sur moi, de mieux percevoir les choses de la vie en général. Mais surtout, ce voyage m’a permis de découvrir une culture complètement différente de celle dans laquelle je vis. La vie thaïlandaise ne ressemble en rien à la vie montréalaise. J’ai beaucoup aimé mon expérience, ce fut pour moi un voyage difficile et agréable en même temps. Je dois dire que je ne m’étais pas assez préparée à ce qui m’attendait et, au début de l’aventure, j’ai été choquée; mais, après quelques jours, j’ai fini par m’acclimater à presque tout. La seule chose à laquelle je n’ai pas été capable de m’adapter fut la nourriture : manger du riz pour déjeuner, diner et souper fut très particulier. Si j‘étais restée un peu plus longtemps, j’aurais surement fini par m’adapter à tout. Ce que j’ai trouvé le plus agréable de mon voyage, ou plutôt de la Thaïlande, fut la chaleur: je trouve que c’est quelque chose qui manque à Montréal. Pour conclure, mon expérience en Thaïlande est mémorable et m’a donné envie de continuer à faire des voyages de coopération internationale.

Marilou

This trip to Thailand was my first big trip without my family. This adventure on the other side of the world allowed me to learn more about myself, to better perceive the things of life in general. But above all, this trip allowed me to discover a culture completely different from the one in which I live. Thai life is nothing like Montreal life. I loved my experience, it was a difficult and enjoyable trip for me at the same time. I must say that I was not prepared enough for what was waiting for me, and at the beginning of the adventure, I was shocked; but, after a few days, I finally acclimated to almost everything. The only thing I could not adapt to was the food: eating rice for lunch, dinner and dinner was very special. If I had stayed a little longer, I would have probably ended up adapting to everything. What I found most enjoyable about my trip, or rather Thailand, was the heat: I think it's something that's missing in Montreal. To conclude, my experience in Thailand is memorable and made me want to continue to make international cooperation trips.

Marilou



 

Témoignage de Marie


En Thaïlande, les chiens sont errants et partout! Il y en a des gros, des petits, à poils longs et à poils courts, mais ils sont tous beaux! Magnifiques mêmes! Mais ce n’est pas tout! Il y aussi des bœufs (énormeeeeees) et des poulets (petits petits) ainsi que des cochons (énormeeeees). C’est  extraordinaire. On mange du riz matin, midi et soir. Il y a aussi du riz dans la crème glacée. Et c’est délicieux! (Même pas sarcastique). Pour ce qui est de la chaleur, on s’y habitue et on commence à apprécier toutes les petites choses de la vie, comme les coups de vents ou les glaces à l’eau aux fraises du dépanneur du village. 10/10, je recommande l’expérience.

Marie

In Thailand, dogs are wandering everywhere! There are big, small, long-haired and short-haired, but they are all beautiful! Beautiful same! But that's not all! There are also oxen (hugeeeeees) and chickens (little ones) and pigs (hugeeeees). It's extraordinary. We eat rice morning, noon and evening. There is also rice in ice cream. And it's delicious! (Not even sarcastic). When it comes to warmth, you get used to it and you start to appreciate all the little things in life, like wind gusts or strawberry ice cream from the village convenience store. 10/10, I recommend the experience.

Marie


 

Témoignage d’Adriana Deith Ovalles Guzman

Testimony of Adriana Deith Ovalles Guzman (English version below)

Le projet Thaïlande du Collège de Rosemont représente une expérience inoubliable pour moi et pour la plupart des personnes qui  y ont participé, non seulement parce qu’il nous a permis de découvrir le monde selon une perspective différente de celle à laquelle nous sommes habitués, mais aussi, car il nous a permis de travailler notre esprit. Tout d’abord, nous avons été accueillis en Thaïlande par la chaleur du climat puis par celle du peuple. Cependant, si à notre arrivée nous étions exposés à cette beauté naturelle, nous n’imaginions pas tout ce qui pouvait être caché derrière autant de charme. À titre d’exemple, nous avons été frappés par les conditions de vie difficiles des gens, notamment, en raison de la pauvreté. Par ailleurs, cette expérience me mène à réfléchir au sens de la vie et à celui que nous, en tant que privilégiés, lui donnons. Bref, après toute mon expérience en Thaïlande, je peux affirmer qu’il n’y a pas de meilleur moyen pour s’aider soi-même que d’aider les autres.

Adriana Edith Ovalles Guzman

Rosemont College's Thailand project represents an unforgettable experience for me and for most of the people who participated in it, not only because it allowed us to discover the world from a perspective different from the one we are used to, but also because it allowed us to work our minds. First of all, we were welcomed in Thailand by the warm weather and then by the people. However, if on arrival we were exposed to this natural beauty, we could not imagine anything that could be hidden behind so much charm. For example, we have been struck by the difficult living conditions of people, particularly because of poverty. On the other hand, this experience leads me to reflect on the meaning of life as privileged people. In short, after all my experience in Thailand, I can say that there is no better way to help oneself than to help others.

Adriana Edith Ovalles Guzman




 

Témoignage de Gabrielle

Un voyage à l’autre bout du monde

Testimony of Gabrielle (Englsh version below)
A trip to the other side of the world

Nous sommes le 13 juin et notre magnifique aventure en Thaïlande se termine dans sept jours. Sept jours qui passeront, j’en suis sûre, beaucoup trop vite. Depuis que nous sommes ici, nous sommes tous passés à travers une gamme d’émotions très variées, passant par le désespoir, la peur, l’émerveillement et le bonheur, le bonheur à son état le plus pur. Il est sûr que de vivre avec une vingtaine d’autres personnes et une centaine d’insectes repoussants, manger avec eux, partager la cuisine, la douche, les toilettes et les trois hamacs avec eux peut être parfois difficile mais pas insurmontable. De plus, j’ai tellement apprécié enseigner l’anglais aux enfants. Au début, j’étais plus que réticente à l’idée de côtoyer un groupe d’enfants deux heures par jour et de devoir leur enseigner une langue que je ne maîtrise même pas parfaitement. Ces deux heures passées chaque jour avec mes élèves thaïs m’ont finalement été très bénéfiques. J’ai tellement appris de ces enfants, j’ai probablement appris bien plus de choses d’eux, qu’eux de moi. En conclusion, durant ce voyage, j’ai vu des arbres d’une beauté sans égal, j’ai cloué plus de clous en trois heures qu’en 19 ans de vie, j’ai visité des lieux magnifiquement grandioses, j’ai fait des rencontres absolument mémorables, j’ai affronté mes peurs, j’ai appris, j’ai dansé, j’ai découvert, j’ai exploré, j’ai lavé mes vêtements à la main, j’ai pris du soleil, beaucoup de soleil, j’ai profité de la vie, j’ai mangé du riz, j’ai crié, j’ai chanté, j’ai ris, mais surtout, j’ai grandi.

Gabrielle

It's June 13 and our wonderful adventure in Thailand ends in seven days. Seven days will pass, I'm sure, far too fast. Since we have been here, we have all gone through a range of very varied emotions, going through despair, fear, wonder and happiness, happiness to its purest state. It is certain that living with about twenty other people and a hundred repulsive insects, eating with them, sharing the kitchen, the shower, the toilets and the three hammocks with them can sometimes be difficult but not insurmountable. In addition, I enjoyed teaching English to children so much. At first, I was more than reluctant to interact with a group of children for two hours a day and to teach them a language that I do not even perfectly understand. These two hours spent each day with my Thai students have finally been very beneficial to me. I learned so much from these children, I probably learned more from them than them from me. In conclusion, during this trip, I saw trees of unrivaled beauty, I nailed more nails in three hours than in 19 years of life, I visited places beautifully grandiose, I made absolutely memorable encounters, I fought my fears, I learned, I danced, I discovered, I explored, I washed my clothes by hand, I took sun, a lot of sun, I took advantage of life, I ate rice, I shouted, I sang, I laughed, but mostly, I grew up.

Gabrielle

 

 

 

 

 

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Family Volunteering at V2T Project in Isan

Give your children the adventure of a lifetime with V2T in the unspoilt northeast of Thailand. Bring your teens or toddlers to explore the customs and culture of rural Thailand and at the same time help to support the village community.

Although our village school provides a basic education to around 150 children aged between 5 and 12 years old, resources are limited and teachers are in short supply. The children are hungry to learn and are ready to greet you with the warmest of smiles. Your children can join them in the classroom and experience primary school education 'Thai style' whilst your teens help with after school activities such as games, sports or arts and crafts. Realise your own teaching ambitions by teaching the students English though informal and fun classes. The whole family will be helping to provide the children with a better future.

During your stay with V2T you will have the opportunity to help the local community in so many diverse ways. From teaching at the village school to helping the farmer with his rice harvest or livestock, your contribution will always be greatly appreciated by the community. And every penny you spend locally during your stay directly  supports local jobs and in so doing helps to stem the flow of yet another generation of youngsters drifting off to the cities to find any kind of employment to support their families.

Join the local cultural events, dress up in Thai costume and learn a little about the Buddhist way of life with a visit to one of the many beautiful temples in the area. The way of life in the Isan region of northeast Thailand has little changed over the centuries and a stay at the V2T
campus will give you a more authentic experience of Thailand than a stay at the many popular tourist destinations. Why not make volunteering part of your Asian adventure and contact us today? Check out the video for an insight into family volunteering with V2T. 

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Project „Pottery for Future“ education for street children

V2T always thinks how to develop V2T campus and the villages around the campus including all the children who live here and the schools around to offer our children a better future.

Now we defined a new goal for 2018 an 2019.
 
What is it?   A pottery and art station for the children of V2T
Where is it?   Situated on the V2T Campus & Culture Centre Ban Lao Area / Ban Nong Kung
What do we have to manage?  Concrate an area of 8m x 8m (about 26 ft x 26 ft), a roof, no walls, an open room, bricked storage room
 
equipment for the station:
potter´s wheels, kiln, matching tools, colours, material to get started
How much will it cost?  Including the building (art station)  € 8000,-
How long will the implementation last?  Till full in operation – 2 years

This project is ment to reach universities and educational institutions to increase our cooperations. Also volunteers, who love to work at arts and craft shall be reached with this project.

Help us to realize this dream with your donation!
 
It hasn´t to stay a dream, it can get reality, that the children in the area of our influence have a future beside living on the street.
 
Since we already got a bigger donation we could order two potter´s wheels yet.
 
Our ”Space of Art” shall become an attraction for the Kids living in our area and a destination for visitors. Art is able to give self-confidence to the children. Schools in our area will be part of the project and Art and Craft will be a fixed part of the curricula at this schools.
 
We want to create the opportunity of a professional future for the children giving them specialist knowledge and thus the opportunity for economic development of the area. Our dream involves to attract day trippers and thus create jobs in the villages. At the end the project shall bear its costs on its own.
 
This project can become something really great and will increase the development of the children and the area. Step by step there will arise an centre of art (Suny Shilpa) – pottery is only the beginning, more art styles and crafts will be added. This will be interesting for guests and visitors and the area will become more busy.
 
Getting more and more attention reports about V2T will be released and our recognition will increase. Thus we will offer the products of our art and crafts station and the project will bear its costs on its own (social business). 
 
Costs to get started amount to € 8000,-.
Transferred to a number of 1000 children during the next 10 years this means € 8,- per child.
A better future “Pottery for Future” for only € 8,- per child. 
 
If you want to help to realize this project please donate.
Feel free to contact me.
 
Best wishes
Raimund Wagner 
Volunt2Thai
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V2T/ STEMSEL Inventors Club Thailand has just started





The children of Ban Nong Kung School could show the students of Collège de Rosemont Canada how to work with the STEMSEL developer kit. V2T Thailand and STEMSEL Australia are Dr Yunus Community Ambassadors (DYCA) to implement Dr Yunus 3 Zeros i.e. zero unemployment, zero net carbon, zero poverty in schools according to school curriculum priorities and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) through a process of STEMSEL Invention for Social Good. Dr. Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.
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From village life to underworld, education against poverty

Volunt2Thai – Education Against Poverty

There are many reasons for why children, adolescents and young adults leading innocent lives at some point slip into a world of drugs, violence and prostitution – the underworld. This applies to the Western world as well as to Thailand.

There are some basic requirements that must be met in order to prevent this from happening and for young people to be able to pursue a selfdetermined path in their lives. Training and support of their unique skills and talents is the key to self-determination for the youth.

Social competence is very important in Thailand and is taught under the influence of Buddhist society and family. Thai girls are brought up to be good women and good mothers and the boys to be good fathers.

But not everything always goes well in life. Be it personal illness, an accident, a miscalculation, a bad harvest, dysfunctional family relationships, drugs, alcohol and gambling addiction or the sudden death of a family member, these are all reasons that drive families into poverty on a daily basis in Thailand. There is little protection, and in many cases owned land has to be pledged and the family is in danger of losing their only source of income.

In rural Thailand, the transition from being a child to becoming an adult with the associated responsibilities typically doesn’t go smooth and steady. Kids that had been Junior High School students the day before drop out of school when they reach a certain age to suddenly find themselves in a position in which they are expected to care and provide income for their families. Boldly many leave their villages and families to find work in Bangkok or in the nearest larger town. The typical age at this point is 15-16, sometimes even younger.

Now consider this: You are a Junior High School student from rural North-East Thailand – typically a girl, but the same applies to boys – and you are now in a position in which you either start working in the fields full time for almost nothing, or you find work in the cities to support your family, which many have done before with good success.

You leave your home with good advice from your parents, but are totally unprepared for the professional business world in the cities. You are lacking basic knowledge and training due to inadequate education in schools and the knowledge gained from home is typically useless in the tough and competitive business world.

To study further in High School or even University is unthinkable at this point because the money just isn’t enough. Helpless you submit to your fate, you have to fight and find a way to sustain your family, but what way to go?

Tourist hotspots offer an apparent solution. Many have heard that there is money to be made and that the demand for young women and men is great there. Naive and driven by good will you reassure yourself that you will make it somehow and you leave for the unknown…

With good intentions you arrive at the destination; be it Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket or Koh Samui. You share a room with others, typically three to four people or even more stay in one small room. You quickly connect with others who have the same background and the same problems and who share the same fate and suffering and you turn to them for advice. You try to keep a good appearance every day and go looking for a job. The pressure is high, because most of the little money you have, was already invested in the journey to get here.

At some point your money runs out… You have to take any job, even if the compensation is low and working hours are long. Maybe you can borrow some money from roommates or friends to buy food and pay rent, but you know that this is just a quick fix that only puts more pressure on you and potentially gets you in trouble. You work hard every day but in the end you can hardly support your own life in the expensive tourist areas.

You walk around the streets and you can see the strangers at full tables. They have money, they can afford anything, they sit with young girls and boys, they go shopping and they seemingly have everything. Passing by you see foreigners counting their cash… You think of the people at home that you love and that need the money so badly.

Returning home without money is not an option, you have to keep face, you have to come back with cash. Sex for money “…Well, that’s how it is now” you say to yourself. You just let it happen. Those who have been here for a while have experience and they show you how it’s done. It can’t be that hard, at least you are young and have a beautiful, healthy body, so use what you have. You can’t do anything else anyway.

The lack of education does not allow for other options and therefore self-determination. This kind of helplessness lets you forget about yourself and about your fears. Two or three days without money and food make it an easy decision. You just do it like all the others have done it before you.

Having just been a kid, adored by all around you, you now have to suddenly learn that your cuteness is an asset.

“Sex sells”, so you better be sexy. This breaks the young peoples’ psyche in the long run, because even though it is still exciting and thrilling to be sexy in the beginning, you are now reduced to your body, you forget your selfesteem and psychological barriers are disappearing.

Additionally you cultivate a distorted worldview and a wrong picture of the West through the strangers that you see. They are here on holiday, they behave like they own the world and have nothing to worry about. How would you know what holiday in a foreign country is and how people behave when they are actually back home…

So you pull yourself together. You are tough. You start as a “Coyote-Girl” and boost the sale of drinks with your company. You quickly learn that you can make much more money, much faster if you put in more “effort”. You are asked to “come along” every day by customers, at some point you give in to the temptation. You think about the money and about the people at home.

Bars pay an attendance fee to always have enough girls or boys “in stock”. A “wide variety of choice” for the customer is important. The bar offers company, you have friends, you can learn English and there’s party every day. You can quickly forget your worries and you finally make good money. The months go by and soon it is daily routine. After two years women are burned out physically and mentally. Drugs help to escape reality because at this point nothing matters anymore anyway. A distorted reality, no normality, but the money rolls. …

Guys also slip into this shady environment and the underworld offers great potential for them too. They join gangs, sell drugs, start to steal, or become “runners” for shady businesses. The struggle for money is omnipresent and determines the day-to-day life of so many of these kids.

Simple manual work in the daily wage, for example in construction, simply does not earn enough money to provide for the family at home. Only very few young women and men can keep up with the manual labor for many months.

A home with a healthy family, embedded in a functioning village community where young people can go home after a “defeat” in the business world is not often available. Often entire families are ruined by alcohol, poverty and disease. The lives of the children are then subject to constant worry from early on. They find neither protection nor education. Poverty rules their lives even to the level of food shortage.

Pattaya and the other locations are options that bear financial success for some, analogous to “from rags to riches”.

But most are destroyed by mental and physical disease and drugs, or they end up in prison along the way. They all have the dream of a better life. They are driven by the wish to not disappoint and let down the people who love them. It really is a kind of self-sacrifice out of responsibility which brings the girls and boys to Pattaya.

How can Volunt2Thai counteract this development?

The presence of Volunt2Thai volunteers, aims at changing the lives of the people in the villages sustainably over the next 10 years. The education in foreign languages coupled with a general understanding of the world and insights into foreign cultures will have a positive influence on the generation of the now 6-year-olds, including their parents, which will accompany them in their growth.

The fact that the project will draw attention to the region, will also lead to a long-term economic development in the villages. The fundamental objective is to ensure that the children of the villagers in adulthood have equal chances as their peers in the West or from wealthier families here in Thailand – chances for self-determination and career choice, even on an international level.

The positive experiences and interactions between “Westerners” and Thais create positive memories.

As a volunteer you are a role model for the society that you come from and you give the villagers a more positive insight into Western culture. You will leave positive impressions that will create openness to the formation of social bonds and friendships. English is and German will soon be taught as a foreign language through our volunteers in the local schools. This is a valuable cultural exchange that leads to intercultural understanding and provides the kids here with a very valuable and unique set of communicative skills.

Through our project, young people from this region get an improved education and good basic values by learning hand in hand from the Thai and the Western cultural perspectives. Stereotypes that have built in the heads of the locals over the years based on unilateral tourism will soon disappear. The long-term direct relationship between education and prosperity will be widely understood and appreciated here soon and misconceptions like “money growing on trees” in western countries will disappear.

The elementary school students of today are the working generation of tomorrow. Depending on their track of education they will be the next generation in the labor market in 10 -18 years.

We want to create best possible conditions for their future and enable them to prosper by equipping them with confidence, knowledge of foreign languages and a broad understanding of the world as well as intercultural experience.

By creating these conditions and as the project grows it will also lead to direct economic development in the villages and the whole region will eventually benefit.

It is important to learn foreign languages and to participate in intercultural exchange, in order to increase one’s chances in the global economies. The volunteers benefit as well, as they too further develop their expertise in various areas and they deepen their communicative skills and cultural as well as emotional intelligence.

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