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My last post was deleted so I'll recap but keep it brief.

We are in Chaing Muan at the moment in our homestays. My Thai sister, Xis very sweet and welcoming into her home and making me part of the family. The food is greatandafun challenge,trying to eat sticky rice and curry with my fingers!

Right now we are preparing for an english camp where we will teach different attributes of the english language. A sad ending is around the corner as we will soon have to say goodbye and head off to Bangkok this Monday.

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Homestay

Monique Kelmenson,Thailand, Summer 2008

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My last post was deleted so I’ll recap but keep it brief. We are in Chaing Muan at the moment in our homestays. My Thai sister, Xis very sweet and welcoming into her home and making me part of the family. The food is greatandafun challenge,trying to eat sticky rice and curry with my fingers! […]

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07/24/08

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Monique Kelmenson

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Tucked in the center of a national park sets a little town of Chieng Muan. With National forrests around and mountains all keeping it hidden from other tourists the students have found thier home away from home. We entered home-stay about a week ago. The students have been living in this small Thai community for a while, attending classes at the high school and teaching English. There have been plenty of awkward moments and funny stories to share each morning when we meet. We have had a lot of confusion as to why would someone wake up at 5 am (or earlier), and why would they do this to clean the house or the school. The Thai studetns have been discribed as "Machines" multiple times, keeping our students moving all day on bikes, going to classes and of course singing Karaoke.

Yesterday we attended a Province wide competition in Math, Science, Thai language, French and English. We did not compete just watched our brothers and sisters compete however we were for sure were noticed. After being the stars of the competition getting our pictures taken and signing autographs we boarded the Karakoe bus back to Chieng Muan. Approximently 30 songs later we pulled into the school laughing about the fact that we just sang (or listened) to someone sing for the entire bus ride.

Tomorrow we finish up with our preparation for the English camp we will be hosting on Sunday. We wrote the lessons today and tomorrow will be completing anything that we might need to finish up. We are also planning the rest of the trip. As instructors we have handed the student control of the planning for the last weekof the course. With guidance they have come up with a fantastic plan for the final week. We made the decision that we could see more of Thailand if we stayed Cetral insted of heading South. It was a tough decision but the itinerary is looking great. We will be volunteering tons! It is shaping up to be a great trip. We will keep everyone updated on itinerary changes as they are firmed up. On Monday we will be heading to Bangkok and then to Ratchaburi to do our Temple Stay. We will be out of contact from Tuesday till Sunday.

We hope everyone is well at home!

Thailand Course Instructor Team

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Finally at Home…Stays

Mandy Hammond,Thailand, Summer 2008

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Tucked in the center of a national park sets a little town of Chieng Muan. With National forrests around and mountains all keeping it hidden from other tourists the students have found thier home away from home. We entered home-stay about a week ago. The students have been living in this small Thai community for […]

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07/24/08

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Mandy Hammond

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Hey everyone,

we're about half way through our homestay in Chiang Muan and we have to say we're having a great time. All of our families are really nice and take extremely good care of us and we couldn't beanymore content with our homestay brothers and sisters. All of our brothers and sisters speak a little English, but only one is fluent. The food is really delicious and we can hardly stand we eat so much at each meal. We're planning an english camp for this sunday at school, so about 100 students will be there and we will be doing various games to help them learn. Yesterday we went to the waterfall and went swimming into a cave behind it. The water was murkey and deep so we had no idea what was under us which made it exciting and scary. While we were there we got to see some of the wild peacocks that the waterfall is famous for. They didnt look like peacocks you see at the zoo, they were a little bigger is size an were green and brown and had short tails instead of long ones. We decided to cut out going down south for the last week of the trip becuase we all decided we wouldn't have enough time to see everything that we wanted to, and that we wouldnt get as much out of going to the south as we would staying in cental thailand. We're going to temple stay after this monday and we will be there for a good three days. while we are there we wake up at 4:30 AM and go meditate for an hour with the monks, then after that we go beg for food with the monks in the city, then we spend the rest of the day doing meditation and help clean the temple.

This trip sure is going by fast! Talk to you all soon,

Thailand Group 2008

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Group Yak Yak

Group,Thailand, Summer 2008

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Hey everyone, we’re about half way through our homestay in Chiang Muan and we have to say we’re having a great time. All of our families are really nice and take extremely good care of us and we couldn’t beanymore content with our homestay brothers and sisters. All of our brothers and sisters speak a […]

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07/24/08

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Group

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I'm finally home . . . my homestay that is. I have been paired with a Thai brother name golf (nickname). So far, I have lived with Golf for 4 days. So what do I mean by that. I have attended Thai school for three days in which I have taught English and have relearned subjects such as Physics and Biology. I have also played many sports with the many students of"my" school. Apart from school I have visited The Fanta (Grand Canyon of Chiang Muan)and the waterfall. All this however means nothing.

The only thing that is important here is the connections I have had with the different people here. I have been here for 4 days and half of the school which has 700 students know my name. Of these students, at least 20 have had an actual converstation with me. They have invited me to their homes where I have either eaten, played games, or just hung out. It should be obvious but isn't that these student are just like us. They talk about the same thing, the play sports, and just hang out like us. It took me living with Golf to actually realize that.

The students are just some of the peope I have met here. Ya is a disabled man who teaches or tutorsmany students in mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Ya was an excellent student until he was involved in a motorcycle accidentin which he injured his spine. Ya is an insparational mn because of everything he does for the students in this town. He is lovedby his studentand by us for everyrthing he does. The fact that he can function so well in a placethat isn't as accisable as the states. He doesn't think of himself as important but he truly is one of th emost important man in this own.

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I’m home

Edward Rivera,Thailand, Summer 2008

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I’m finally home . . . my homestay that is. I have been paired with a Thai brother name golf (nickname). So far, I have lived with Golf for 4 days. So what do I mean by that. I have attended Thai school for three days in which I have taught English and have relearned […]

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07/24/08

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Edward Rivera

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A New Home

Monique K, Gabrielle N, Sam F,Thailand, Summer 2008

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Surrounded by the giggles of Thai school girls as they play their 1990’s American Pop Music we sit reflecting on our first hours at our new home in Chiang Muan, Thailand. The bus drops us on the steps of the thai school which will be our epicenter for the next 10 days. We unload our […]

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07/21/08

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Monique K, Gabrielle N, Sam F

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minglawa from burma! we are now in chang rai after spending 4 days in burma. the experience was fantastic. the food in burma is not as spicy as the food in thailand, but is absolutely delicious. we consistently had the tastiest food, never disappointed.

we trekked to different villages near tachilek on the first day. the trek was great, and most of us felt more confident because we recently finished a 3 day trek. the villages were larger than the ones in thailand, and there was a different energy in the environment. the people were rich in culture and religion. in the second village we trekked to, we ate lunch and interacted with the people for a longer time. the best part about the lunch were the bananas; they're tiny, sweet, and extremely addicting. by speaking to our guide, francis, who could translate everything the tribal people said into english, we all got the opportunity to learn a lot. we learned about the missionaries, education, tradition, and much more about the villages. but after learning about the lives of these people, so many more questions had aroused; it's overwhelming.

on our second day, we visited temples (it was the first day of lent for buddhists yesterday), journaled, interacted with different people around a large lake, and continued to experience brilliant food!

burma was a fantastic experience, but i think most of us are ready to go back home to thailand.

samip

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minglawa!

samip raval,Thailand, Summer 2008

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minglawa from burma! we are now in chang rai after spending 4 days in burma. the experience was fantastic. the food in burma is not as spicy as the food in thailand, but is absolutely delicious. we consistently had the tastiest food, never disappointed. we trekked to different villages near tachilek on the first day. […]

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07/18/08

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samip raval

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My name is Danny, and i was on this trip last year. I actually had my brithday during the trip which was fun (and i turn 17 in 3 days). Anyways, i'm posting here because during homestays, my brother was Bom, and he went to a "special study" (which isn't like an extra help class, it's just an additional study class he's in), and his teacher is a man named Ya. I'm still in contact with Bom, Ya, and the class. Ya just sent me a message this morning saying that Bom has a new friend from the Dragons group this year named Kevin Vasques who is also from MA and Ya wants me to know him.

So hey Kevin! All i really had the time to read was your intro with that list of things you're in so i didn't really see a lot of insight into who you are. When you get to homestays, please tell Bom and his special study that i miss them a lot! I'm sure you're all having a great time on the trip and homestays are coming up which are really the best part. I'm attaching a picture of the special study. I have (quite literally literally) 1000 pictures/videos from Thailand in a Picasa web album but i won't post them right now because it could give away the best event at the end of homestays. Derek, you'd better do that again!!!!!

Derek and Mandy, i miss you guys! And Pui too, but she's not on the trip this year. If this years group as awesome as we were? :) After almost a year, i've just started to take those dreadlocks out. They were really messy and i didn't take care of them. I'm not cutting them out-- i'm undoing them. It took me and a friend 4 hours to get about a third of them out and i haven't made any progress since haha. Derek, we've gotta hang out again when you get back! I check to see if you're playing chess when i go to Harvard Square but i'm yet to see you there!

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Have fun everyone!

Danny Piccirillo,Thailand, Summer 2008

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Hey people! My name is Danny, and i was on this trip last year. I actually had my brithday during the trip which was fun (and i turn 17 in 3 days). Anyways, i’m posting here because during homestays, my brother was Bom, and he went to a "special study" (which isn’t like an extra […]

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07/18/08

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Danny Piccirillo

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Arriving in Chiang Rai

Gabrielle Newell,Thailand, Summer 2008

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Today we returned from our four day visit to Burma. After riding in a van for 5 hours throughthe beautiful countryside of Burma, we crossed the Thai border, and boarded a bus to Chang Rai. After and hour and a half we arrived in Chang Rai and set off for the Night Bazaar. We were […]

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07/18/08

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Gabrielle Newell

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For the past week, as Thailand 2008 students we have experienced quite... what we expected. In our trek, we were exposed to just what rural Thailnd means. During the day we were fced with a significantly difficult trek and the truly amazing part came at night with our sleep over in the village tribe people's homes.

Our next stop was Burma. After very long travel days we came to the most beautiful sights we have seen yet on this trip: rice fields. We saw sooo many yet they were all so different in their own way and it was quite amazing!

We are back in Thailand in Chiang Rai, where we just went to a might bazzar to purchase clothes for our temple stay! Next up: Home Stay and Laundry (hopefully)

Thanks for reading!!!

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It's been a while

Kevin Vasquez,Thailand, Summer 2008

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For the past week, as Thailand 2008 students we have experienced quite… what we expected. In our trek, we were exposed to just what rural Thailnd means. During the day we were fced with a significantly difficult trek and the truly amazing part came at night with our sleep over in the village tribe people’s […]

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07/18/08

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Kevin Vasquez

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After four days in Burma, we have arrived in Chang Rai. While in Burma, we had one dayof trekking and one solo day. After trekking for four days in Thailand, the one day trek in Burma was a breeze. The solo day, although sounded intimidating at first, ended up being one of my favorite days. Inge and I got to go roller skating at the local rink, where we met some very talented people. Later, we parted ways and I meditated at a temple down the street. The day was ended with a fun game of mafia. Tomorrow we being our home stay, which makes me nervous. Although I am excited to meet my family, I am also nervous. However, I am 100% confident that the home stay will be one of the highlights of the trip. Monique and I just bought white outfits for the temple stay which will follow our home stay. I am also nervous for that, but I look forward to it. So far, at the half way mark, this trip has been not only amazing, but life changing. We are able to experience things on a unique level and explore Thai culture in a way that the average tourist could not.

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Half Way

Elizabeth Weitzman,Thailand, Summer 2008

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After four days in Burma, we have arrived in Chang Rai. While in Burma, we had one dayof trekking and one solo day. After trekking for four days in Thailand, the one day trek in Burma was a breeze. The solo day, although sounded intimidating at first, ended up being one of my favorite days. […]

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07/18/08

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Elizabeth Weitzman

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