Fund My Travel to Volunteer in Thailand & Help Build Schools

Elaine Siemek Start Date: Dec 3, 2017 - End Date: Apr 2, 2018
  • Thailand

My Travel Story

by: Elaine Siemek Start Date: Dec 3, 2017 - End Date: Apr 2, 2018
Hey friends! As an almsot graduated college student, I've began thinking over the past year about what to do next. Something that has always been in the back of my mind was volunteer work but with constant talk of full-time jobs and saving money, it was never something I thought was do-able. Last year I attempted to volunteer in Greece and help refugees but unfortunately I was unable to go. A whole year has passed and volunteering has still been stuck in my mind and this summer I'm determined to make it happen. I've never had to think twice about going to school and it being unsafe so when I began researching the different programs, this one stood out to me: "To learn, children need a safe and solid environment with the right facilities and resources. Schools in Thailand are severely under-resourced and volunteers are desperately sought to help maintain existing facilities and to build additional ones. The maintenance of the buildings, classrooms, tables, chairs, canteen, bathrooms, playgrounds and buildings are often overlooked at schools in Thailand, simply because there just isn’t enough money to go around. Classrooms don’t have enough tables or chairs for the students, and blackboards are worn out and can’t be used. Windows, doors and mosquito screens are missing, and playgrounds are a health and safety nightmare. It doesn’t take much to brighten up a classroom, replace a broken door hinge, construct a new blackboard or remove rusty nails from a child’s swing, but schools need to prioritize their spending. This is where volunteers step in, assisting with these jobs which make a world of difference to children at school. This program offers true support to schools by supplying them with an international volunteer labor force that allows them to repair and maintain school facilities that they would otherwise be unable to afford" (Love Volunteers). Since I would be graduating in May, this oppurtunity really hit home. Every child deserves to have an education in a safe and fun environment and I just could not think of a better way to spend my time then helping this community. Once I saw this oppurtunity to help give back, my mind was glued to it. Not only would this trip be helping other people, but it would also give me a chance to understand and learn about a completely new culture which is always something that has intrigued me. 

Thank you in advance for any donations and thank you for taking the time to read about my campaign. 

Elaine
  • Thailand