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Hi all Thanks for interesting and great input! I'll contribute some comments I got over the time by some of our great volunteers. Hope you find them interesting and let’s go on, discuss what makes for the best volunteers, for your hosts and for yourselves! Quotes: ‘The first thing you will notice when arriving is the vast sea of shoes at the entrance, this is because in Thailand you MUST always take your shoes off before entering someone’s house.’ Do you know why? ‘You should NEVER touch a person’s head.’   Do you know why? ‘The Thai, Lao 'wai greeting” is a bit of a mystery, sometimes it’s used sometimes it isn’t. It’s much easier to...
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I lived in Nong Khai for five months whilst working with Openmind Projects. This authentic little town is where Openmind Projects is based. As a destination it is a bit unheard of to the western world so I thought I would talk about it. Nong Khai is located near the top of the Issan region of Thailand. It runs along the Mekong river and borders Lao. Nong Khai has a large Lao influence. This is particularly evident in the language that many local people speak. Whilst Thai is spoken and understood, many locals speak Issan which is basically Lao. This can make it confusing when trying to develop your Thai but also adds to the fun...
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We liked this blog by Richard Brownsdon, former Openmind Projects volunteer and winner of the Little Big Project on seven ways to be a terrible volunteer abroad. In return, here are our seven tips for being a great one! 1. Make the most of your skills You have a range of volunteer projects abroad to choose from, and it makes sense to go for one that makes the most of your skills and experience. Not only will it be more satisfying for you, but you'll be a much more effective and useful volunteer. 2. Research and prepare There are many volunteer agencies, so do your research and find the project that's right for you. Make sure you...
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