Volunteering during my GAP year

Tijana Garalejic Start Date: Jan 4, 2018 - End Date: Jan 3, 2019
  • Peru
  • Thailand
  • Cambodia

My Travel Story

by: Tijana Garalejic Start Date: Jan 4, 2018 - End Date: Jan 3, 2019
During Christmas of 2017, I spent one week volunteering in Singburi, Thailand at a local school where I taught English. I've been working 3 jobs for 6 months (whilst in highschool) to try to fund that trip, and just barely made enough to make that opportunity possible. I'm from Canada, so the flight alone was rather expensive. During my time in Thailand, I realized that one week was not nearly enough time, especially when teaching english. The kids require constant teaching/learning, and repetitivness which I was unable to do considering the short amount of time I was there wouldn't help them learn much. Ever since I got back, I've been thinking about doing another trip like that but for a longer period of time. So I have decided that I would like to go to Thailand again for 4 weeks next January, and then go straight to Cambodia for 3 more weeks and volunteer there. My plan is to go from Cambodia to Serbia where I will stay with family who lives there, whom I don't see often, and then in May I will go to Peru for 2 weeks where I will also be volunteering at a local school. After that, I will make my way back to Canada before starting University. Obviously these countries are all very far away from each other so the flights will be expensive, which is why i'm trying to fundraise. I have exactly one year to try to save up enough money for the programs i'm doing, as well as the flights. I chose these destinations because Thailand was so amazing the first time, I would like to go back and visit, and give it the credit it deserves. One week there is definitely not enough time. Then I would like to go to Cambodia because it is right beside Thailand, and I'd like to see what the culture is like in the neighbouring country. I also chose Peru, because I thought it would be an interesting change in scenery, going from Asia, to South America, and I would also like to work with children of all different cultures. In the week I was in Thailand, I have found who I am, and I realized what it is I'm meant to do which also gives me insight on what career I should puruse. Going for a longer time, I can't even imagine what kind of opportunities the trip will open my eyes up to. These would definitely be the trips of a lifetime, especially since while travelling, I'll also be able to help the communities in the process. 
  • Peru
  • Thailand
  • Cambodia