I spent the beginning of 2014 venturing around Thailand with the Justifi organization. Justifi: Jewish Social Justice is a social acitivism group which brings Jewish adults together to help make a difference in the world. They work in Thailand, South Africa, Peru, and Nicaragua improving the lives of those most needed. Their trips are usually ten days long and really introduce you to other cultures and customs. In Bangkok, we learned about sex trafficking and efforts to end the slavery of men and women in Southeast Asia. In Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, we worked with children and spent time building classrooms at the Tom Karen Center.
I had the most incredible ten days venturing around the beautiful county of Thailand. I extended my trip for five extra days in Phuket getting some much needed relaxation.
Visit http://www.justifi.org/ to learn more about their trips.
It is with great sadness that I share the passing of Tom Karen, December 2015. Tom was battling a short, but aggressive cancer and is now at peace and free of pain. Tom was a very special person and graced us on this Earth to help educate Thai children and give them hope for a better future. I am so thankful to have shared wonderful memories with him.
My favorite trip around the world so far was my time in Cape Town, South Africa. I volunteered with the SAVE organization and worked Monday through Friday at a school in a local township. That trip changed my life and helped me realize my love for kids and travel.
I stayed at a volunteer house in the town of Blouberg, just outside of Cape Town and really felt like I was a part of the local community. The children were wonderful and the staff was just the best to work with. I spent my free weekends exploring the country, I hiked Table Mountain, went paintballing, and even did a two-day safari where I walked with wild elephants. Best trip ever, most rewarding experiences.
My week days were spent in classrooms doing activities and playing with the students. They were anywhere from infancy to 6 or 7 years of age. We also spent time helping build and develop the school, as the township had been relocated less than a month before my arrival. We started every day with the “Good Morning Song” and it was always so sad to say good bye at the end of the day. I left every day exhausted, but so satisfied that I was impacting their lives and inspiring them to learn. One of my favorite memories was handing out feminine care products to the women in the township and donated sweaters to the children.
To read more about the SAVE Volunteer organization, please visit http://www.volunteering.org.za/
My next venture starts in 48 hours! I get to work with a new organization and head to a new continent!
I will spend two weeks volunteering with International Volunteer HQ at the Maximo Nivel school in Cusco, Peru. I’ve never been to South America, but I’m so excited to learn about a different culture and embrace their customs.
I will be working in their childcare division and will spend Monday through Friday working with kids and inspiring them. Stay tuned to hear more!
Visit https://www.volunteerhq.org/ to learn more about their amazing AFFORDABLE trips all over the world.
“In this life we cannot always do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”