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Travel Blogs from Mae Sot
Ever since we learned of the border crossings being opened between Thailand and Myanmar we aimed to make this journey, On the internet there was very little written about crossing the border, and plenty of that was unhelpful, so a fair amount of research needed to be put in before attempting the journey. However, it all seemed to fall into place, so the journey was being made. The bus journey from Bangkok to the Thai border town of Mae Sot was one of the best we’ve experienced ...
... only a few complaints.
Feeding and Caring for the gibbons
Another task we were asked to help with is preparing the food for the gibbons by cutting the fruits and veggies and then sorting the cut up vegetation into baskets. This is done two times a day. Isabella enjoyed this part as she really felt like she was contributing to the care and well-being of these beautiful animals, which she has come to love. This experience has helped her ...
... rice by the side of the road now. They no longer feel safe actually going into the camps as the level of desperation is extreme at times and they fear for their safety. They talked about how utterly overwhelming the situation is and how they had to finally come to accept that they could only do their tiny piece of charity work. Hopefully they are the ones over-exaggerating the situation, but given the full scenario, I find it hard to doubt that.
When we left our ...
... will undertake to staff the school with teachers that are satisfactory to Childs dream and run it with an approved curriculum. As such, childs dream has been able to build 81 schools across Laos, cambodia and BUrma /thai-burmese border.
A school can cost about USD50'000 to build.
Higher education scholarships cost USD9000 a year.
As a side note, a Childs Dream office employee earns USD500 a month. Enough to survive life in Chiang Mai.
Part 2 Mae Sot Refugee Camp
After about 6 hours of travel, Billy began giving us some helpful hints and last minute instructions. Nearing the camp, the checkpoints were more frequent and while we were always waved through-we were prepared not to speak or reveal our destination. The camp was visible from the road and not separated by a wall or barbed wire as I expected. The refugees are forced to ...