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...
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....
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'...
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....
Day 1 - Monday 13.11.17 6:00am. Alarm clock. This will be my first hike. So I put an early alarm clock. Early! The only “buzzer” around here are the circa 100 roosters around here. But I put an early alarm. Want to be top-ready for the first hike. I take time to check...
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...
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...
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...
On August 12th, the village had a celebration in honor of the end of planting. Each year, this village wide celebration takes place. I was lucky enough to experience this day in full swing. This is Giju day from an outsiders experience. I live in a homestay with five...
“There is pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but nature more, From these our interviews, in which I steal From all I may be, or...
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