One month after my first step in Thailand, I did so many other first time ! I met everyday volunteers from everywhere: France, Belgium, Netherlands, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Thailand obviously. I met local people, lovely farmers, teachers, students and kids too, because I taught 3 days a week for one month in Peace Village and I also went twice in Songkhla to teach to adults for Non Formal Education project. When I did not teach I did "renovation" and "farming", but it was more cleaning…
Anyway, I also went few days in a temple to join a short term camp: we ate with monk and local people, we went to new year's ceremonies and did meditation.
During free time, we celebrated Thai new year: Songkran day in Hat Yai, such fun ! We went to Songkhla beach, monkey temple, many markets including the floating market, we visited Songkhla zoo and museum, we went to water falls and even to a club in Hat Yai one night !
So I can say that I did so many things and learned a lot about different aspects of Thai culture. I even saw an elephant in the street, ate insects and learned a little bit of Thai language. But there is still a million things I want to see and learn, and this is just the beginning of my trip here: next month I will join an other short term camp in the museum and travel a little bit around, I can not wait !
Pauline April -June 2013
Peace Village Renovation Project