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Volunteering in the Slums of Bangkok, Klong Toey

By |2019-05-25T12:05:51-05:00July 19th, 2015|Categories: Asia, Unique Experiences|

This book motivated me to move to Bangkok. That and the winter in Chicago is bone-chilling cold. The  The Gospel of Father Joe: Revolutions and Revelations in the Slums of Bangkok  is a true account of a Catholic priest who moves to Bangkok in the 1970s. He is a maverick and wills his way to improve the collective [...]

Saying Goodbye In Klong Toey

By |2019-05-25T12:03:07-05:00July 19th, 2015|Categories: Asia, Unique Experiences|

Saying goodbye in Klong Toey.  The times I have volunteered I have felt that I have received more than I have given. It is a hackneyed expression, but my four months in the slums of Klong Toey proved it to be true. The teachers at the kindergarten always treated me with great respect and support. More [...]

Graduation Day at Mercy Center

By |2019-05-25T11:59:32-05:00July 19th, 2015|Categories: Asia, Unique Experiences|

Father Joe and the Mercy Center have an outsized commitment to education for the youth of Klong Toey. There is a strong belief that education is the springboard to a better opportunity. With that in mind, graduation from kindergarten is treated with all due pomp and circumstance. Over 800 children (from all of the Mercy kindergartens) [...]

Maidan Square – A Must-See

By |2019-05-25T11:57:31-05:00July 14th, 2015|Categories: Europe, Must-See|

Maidan Square in the heart of Kiev has been home to four major political movements/protests in less than 25 years. Maidan Square (formally known as Maidan Nezalezhnosti translates to Independence Square) dates back to the 1830s when some simple wooden structures appeared. Development accelerated in the mid-19th century when it became the commercial center of Kiev [...]

Volunteering in Phuket

By |2019-07-06T15:03:33-05:00July 7th, 2015|Categories: Asia, Unique Experiences|Tags: , , , , |

Let’s be honest. I am not an expert when it comes to child care. I am a childless, sibling-less child. In fact, one of my last babysitting experiences included me duct taping a baseball glove to a broom as I rubbed my eight year old client to sleep while I focused on the A-Team on TV. [...]

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