Thailand

Tiphaine: “I have discovered people and a culture of incredible generosity”.

On June 1, 2018, in Tambon Tha Song Yang, a difficult awakening for the start of the school year, karen, thai, science, geography and English classes for the children. Tasting of 100 year old eggs (7 months old), football activity with the ch…

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Shirley: “Thank you for making me feel me again, thank you for opening my eyes and most of all thank you for showing me the kind of person I can be.”

“It’s (already) the end of the school year at TMK! We taught for 10 months in the school’s post-baccalaureate program, our students took their exams in our subjects (English, math and economics) and many others! After …

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Romain: “Today I can say that what may seem like culture shock can be understood and bring another view of life if we take the time to open our minds to what we see.”

Before I left: I had some apprehensions before I left because it was my first time volunteering. How should I behave? How do I communicate with the children for me who doesn’t speak Thai? What is the context of my departure? These are al…

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Melissa: “This assignment at Thoo Mweh Khee Learning Centre has been the most rewarding experience of my life.”

This assignment at Thoo Mweh Khee Learning Centre was the most rewarding experience of my life. Having had the chance to be with the Karen people and to live alongside them for several months allowed me to (re)discover the notions of simplic…

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Marianne: “The students here have nothing to do with the students in my country.”

Today is the day I have to leave Thoo Mweh Khee. It has been the best experience of my (short) life, there is no other way to say it. For the students, I love each and every one of you. The students here are nothing like the students in my country, an…

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Margaux: “An experience rich in emotion. We teach children a lot, but we also learn a lot from them.”

Initially, one of the positive aspects of my mission was the relationship with the locals. I was very well received, and links were gradually created. They were very attentive and listened to the volunteers on site. Then, the adaptation wa…

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Loïs: “The lack of comfort and hygiene (…) is greatly compensated by the satisfaction of knowing it is useful”

After a very long plane trip and 3 hours by bus, I finally arrived at the Learning Centre in Ban Tha Song Yang. There I met 3 other volunteers who, like me, had come to teach English to the children of the centre. They explained to me what they knew …

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A look back at Ilona’s first week in the Ban Pak Audomsung centre

Ilona, a young woman of 21 years old, decided to go on a 3-month humanitarian mission to the Ban Pak Audomsung Learning Centre to give English lessons to Karen children living in Thailand. In this testimony, Ilona tells us how her first week a…

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Estelle: “I will always have a wonderful memory of it and I already miss Minmahaw”

Hello everyone. My name is Estelle, I’m 23 years old, and I went to Mae Sot in Thailand for 3 months as a part of my internship after completing my degree. I was the first AIME volunteer to go on a mission to the Minmahaw School, a school for Burmes…

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Else (continued): “These past 4 months have allowed me to start discovering Karen history and culture. Through this experience I have gotten to know many beautiful people!”

TMK is what? TMK is a “village” close to Pho Pra, Thailand, on the Burmese border. TMK was built around the school and for the school: about 500 students of all ages (from kindergarten to the first years of higher education) live there, away fr…

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Mathias: “There is so much to do and see at Ban Pak Audomsung that goodwill alone is enough to make this experience a success”.

In 2017 Mathias was a 27-year-old, originally from Poitiers, living in Paris navigating between communication activities (Project management 360) and catering, when he deceived to uproot and travel. He wished to combine his love of dis…

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Joanne: “To all who say we were brave to leave, know that I have never lived so simply and I have never been happier.”

Tomorrow is the end of my adventure at TMK and I already feel that this experience has changed me. Sometimes the community life and the lack of comfort have been difficult, but these are only details compared to the immense happiness that it h…

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