I am embarking on a volunteer trip for 3 weeks to Thailand to teach English to kids, to give them a chance to escape extreme poverty. This volunteer trip is being offered to me through The Bamboo Project. I will be leaving June 2nd, 2017.
"Having the ability to speak, read and understand even basic English offers the children from the Elephant Village more opportunities than they would have without this skill. In modern Thailand, particularly for an organization that works internationally or in the tourism industry, having some English training is a pre-requisite to work. In addition, many universities accept only those applicants with an understanding of English.
Volunteers will be placed in a rural government community school which has virtually no funding. Unfortunately English is taught with poor pronunciation from untrained teachers who have minimal teaching resources. English speaking volunteers are really needed to teach English with good pronunciation and modern teaching methods.
In teaching English to the children, volunteers are sharing with them tools to escape a life of poverty - you really will be changing lives.." - The Bamboo Project Website
But of course, every trip has it's expenses. The Bamboo Project provides it's volunteers with room and board, airport pick-up and drop-off, prepared lesson plans, and constant support from a local coordinator in Thailand. All these services are $495.00/week. I am also required to provide my own flight, which is approximately $1100.00, and pay for my other travel expenses (vaccinations, passport, equipment, etc. ). The total cost of my trip will be around $3000.00.
For those who know me, know I am starting my first year at the University of Waterloo in September 2016. With that being a major expense in my life right now, I am reaching out to you for help. I will be recording a daily video journal over the 3 weeks I am there, and will upload it when I return.
Any amount you can give is greatly appreciated. Thank you for helping me, help others.
If you have any questions feel free to send me a message and I'll be happy to answer it.
The Bamboo Project Verification: http://www.bamboo-gvn.org/about/verifications.php