Volunteers Andrea and Terry Price, from Ireland, returned once again in 2009 to help the orphan boys in Isaan. This time they not only volunteered at the orphanage for boys but also gave gifts from friends and family to young girl’s living at an orphanage found near Udon Thani. Volunteers like Terry and Andrea spend part of their vacation holiday time providing enjoyment through the arts, games and other physical activities. Their true commitment and caring for children, the world and our Thai hosts is what leads them back to Thailand. We wish them well as they strive to find an orphan child to bring home to their home country. Below you can read how they began their volunteering with the orphans while also helping their Thai hosts, Prayoon and Nalinrat, and other Mundo Exchange volunteers to learn more about their Irish culture and ways. Chock Dee Terry and Andrea
We are in the process of adopting a young Thai child and we wanted to give something back to Thailand during the time we are waiting. I was studying Thai, but had only started. I soon discovered I didn’t have a large vocabulary to speak much with the boys. This year I hope to be able to chat with them more. We hope to be better equipped this year. We have more of an idea of what the boys enjoy after spending time with them last year. We had great fun with the camera we brought. We could take photos of the boys and then, they printed their pictures. We soon discovered some boys were collecting lots of the photos, even ones they weren’t in!! We also learned not to bring all the craft supplies in one day, as they can disappear! We have found a great website to buy many craft materials, and plan to bring some of our own projects with us. Things like beads to make into necklaces and bracelets; with the beads spelling the boys names in English. But maybe best of all, we brought a face-painting kit. We had boys queuing quietly for an hour. What a result!!!!!! This year we plan to bring a very LARGE kit, together with some costumes that we can photograph the boys in. If we can find old tap shoes , we plan to bring these for the boys to play with too.
We spent most of our time with our Thai host Nalinrat. She was fantastic and looked after us, teaching us lots more about Thai culture. We had been to Thailand 3 times before, but felt we learned so much more this time. It’s very well run and you are made to feel so welcome.
We received helpful information before we went and learned a lot when we came. This cultural exchange programme is a great idea. I would encourage anyone to take part.