Chiang Mai

The passing of the Baton

The passing of the Baton

One of the best things about this project is meeting other volunteers from all over the world. Within the last two weeks alone I’ve come to know so many extraordinary people. At least once a day we are all sat at Base, socializing in our down time or listening to the...

Into The Rice Fields

Into The Rice Fields

Day 4 - Thursday 16.11.17 05:30am. The daily rooster riot is in full swing. Everyday all roosters of the village seem to have an X-Factor contest from 04:15 onwards. 06:00am. I have found a fine spot to do my dawn tai chi exercises. The exercise doesn't go too well....

Miss Elephant

Miss Elephant

Day 3 - Wednesday 15.11.17 05:30am. I had a very good night. It remains astonishing how few bugs and insects are in our huts. I haven't had spiders, and can't notice the mosquitoes if they are there. Moths, yes. I have learned from yesterday. I take a 'light'...

The Big Bull

The Big Bull

Day 2 - Tuesday 14.11.17 04:30am. As dawn sets in the sounds gain strength. The pigs, the roosters almost 'roar' to intimidate each and every other. The chickens chat and chat and chat. I roll over and try to rest some more. Today, second hike. The big male. Bullowan....

Halloween Horror Hike

Halloween Horror Hike

As you know, October is filled with spooky ghost stories and witches flying about all around the world. This year, Huay Pakoot was not excluded from these trembling terrors. Our volunteers and interns made their way through a misty and haunting maze, running for their...

My Sanctuary

My Sanctuary

6:00 AM the alarm goes off. But let’s be honest, I’ve already been up for an hour already. I pack my bag with all the essentials because I won’t be coming back to my room until the sun starts to set. I throw on whatever clothing is the least smelly and mud caked. And...

Huay Pakoot: Take Two

Huay Pakoot: Take Two

My first week on the project has been a hectic one! After taking part in the project last year for a month I had an idea of what to expect, but I knew a lot would probably have changed, and I knew it would be a whole different experience coming back for 6 months! Upon...