Meet Mono

Mono is a 12 year old Mae La student in grade 6 who is the daughter of one of the teachers in the village. She isn’t the top of the grades in the class and sometimes gets a little bit distracted, but she is always the most excited about class and is respectful and well behaved....

Challenges Abroad in Mae La

In August, we welcomed the first Challenges Abroad group to our partner village, Mae La. The group of six were in the village for a week to renovate an old classroom to be used as a Library/Computer room, painting the school’s canteen as well as teaching English, Art and Sport...

Teaching Media in Thailand, Part 2

Last week I wrote a blog about Emma and Sophie, two media volunteers staying with me in Mae La village teaching photography and film making to the children for two weeks. In just one week it has been amazing to see how quickly the students have taken to using the cameras and how...

Teaching Media in Thailand

This week I have had the pleasure of welcoming Emma and Sophie, two new media volunteers into my school and home in Mae La, a remote Hill-Tribe Village in Northern Thailand to teach the students photography and film making. The students and school don’t have any computers,...

Buddhist Ordination and Camp

A common practice for a young boy in Thailand is to ordain as a novice Buddhist monk, usually for a month to learn what life as a monk is like. This starts with an ordination ceremony where the head is shaved, children are given white and then orange robes, they are presented...

Just Had to Come Back! Hello from a new hill-tribes intern

January 1st this year I was working for a bank and studying Finance & Economics part time having never left Australia before. After signing up for a Challenges Abroad trip to Thailand I was nervous about leaving my comfort zone with a group of uni students who I had not known...