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,...

Discovering Northern Thailand: Extension Trip 2015

We left Chiang Mai early on a Saturday morning with an ambitious goal: seeing as much of Northern Thailand as possible in a week. After two weeks of intense volunteering in schools near Chiang Mai, eight volunteers from ACU University, Nid (the partnerships manager of the...

My first week in Thailand and my trip to a hill-tribe village!

I arrived in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, early in January 2015 to work as an intern for the FutureSense Foundation for eight months. Having just finished my undergraduate degree in International Relations in London, I decided to take a year out of university to get some work...

Mae-La Village: The Cultural Experience

While in Mae-La village I have gotten to understand and experience much of the culture. The culture belongs to the Karen tribe. During the course of my stay I have witnessed a Karen funeral, a wedding, various customs, and home life in the village. As an outsider looking into the...