We had a fair amount of extra time on the train to Bangkok so I arranged everyone’s thoughts on the following prompts:
“On this course I witnessed…”
- Fiona: I witnessed the importance of cultural belief and traditions playing a role in how the Thai society is shaped.
- Ryker: I witnessed many Thai workers participating in back breaking work for a salary which in the US would be illegal.
- Nixie: I witnessed Thai babies on the front of motorbikes with their hands on the wheel with no helmet.
- Wilson: Some dogs
- Matthew: I witnessed a lot of Thai kids doing work for the family and taking on a lot of responsibility.
- Cate: I witnessed religion playing a large role in developing country-wide norms, education, and health care.
- Ayla: I witnessed Buddhism, friendliness, family, education, prosperity, necessity, sexism, activism, satisfaction, corruption, respect, humbleness, kindness and fast motorbikes.
- Alyssa: People, despite the little they have, sharing with a smile the best they have with total strangers.
- Avery: a developing country where saving face, Buddhism, farming, kindness, tourism, and politics play a large role of the citizens’ daily lives.
“On this course I learned…”
- Fiona: I learned about the power of knowledge and the amount of impact it could on a community. It holds the ability for empowerment, stories, and change but also destruction and separation.
- Ryker: I learned about all of the different customs and cultures of Thailand and how to implement parts of it into my life.
- Nixie: I learned about how opportunities affect people’s dreams.
- Wilson: That eating straight chili flakes isn’t a good idea
- Matthew: I learned that a lot of Thai children wish to ordain as monks.
- Cate: I learned a lot about myself and my ability to communicate in uncomfortable situations.
- Ayla: That my opinions about equality aren’t always right and I can’t push my beliefs on people/condemn content people with my uneducated judgement when it’s not my fight to fight.
- Alyssa: That service does not always entail physical or visible impacts. Sometimes the act of listening and caring is all that matters.
- Avery: How different a country can appear from the outside and the importance of digging deeper into the places you visit.