Let’s talk about my summer plans. They’re very exciting.
I don’t want to tell you them just yet. I need to build the suspense. Nobody will be interested in my blog if I don’t build suspense. It’s like marketing technique. Watch and learn…
I’m going somewhere.
For an amount of time.
But I’m not gonna tell you just yet.
I need to make you interested. I need to pique your curiosity. I need to tickle your fancy (<< creepy).
I need to maintain my air of sensual mystTHAILANDFOR7WEEKSery.
Oh shit. Fuck it. Or should I say PHUKet?! Heh, get it? (<< Not actually funny since I’m not going to Phuket and it’s definitely not pronounced “fuck it.”)
But yeah. I’m going to Thailand for seven weeks and it’s kind of blowing my mind.
Here’s the DL:
I leave on July 21st. I land in Bangkok, Thailand on July 22nd. I’m spending three full days in Bangkok alone (!!!) before heading over to Koh Phangan, a gorgeous island in South East Thailand. And yes, I stole that factoid from Wikipedia. Sue me.
I’ll be in Koh Phangan from July 26th – September 7th, teaching English to 6-12 year olds. I’ll be working in government schools, supplementing Thai teachers’ lessons for a few hours per day. The rest of my days will be spent lesson planning, enjoying the beach, and getting to know the local culture.
I’m going through a UK-based program called PoD. I picked this program for a variety of reasons: (1) It was important to me to volunteer through a non-profit organization, which PoD is; (2) I wanted a program that partakes in “responsible volunteering” (i.e., not taking jobs away from local people, but rather providing a service that is actually needed); (3) the length — 6 weeks is the perfect amount of time for me, since I feel like I’ll get to know the culture but I won’t get too homesick; and (4) it’s on an island! On the beach! In freakin’ Thailand! I don’t really need to go on, do I?
I’ll be living in a bungalow on the beach and working with a handful of other volunteers from across the globe. I haven’t met any of the other volunteers yet, but I’m sure they’ll be wonderful. And even if they suck (they won’t) I’ll be on an island! On the beach! In freakin’ Thailand! Yeah. I know.
I purchased my plane tickets on Monday night which is making this seem really really real. I’m terrified, but mostly excited. But also terrified. But EXCITED. I’m feeling so lucky to have this amazing opportunity. Like really, who gets to do things like this?! It’s like a (weirdly specific) dream. With the whole graduating-in-June thing, this trip feels like the perfect timing; no job, no huge financial responsibilities, no nothin’. I’m ready to go.
I’ll definitely have more info as time goes on and I really can’t wait to document the whole experience on the blog in three months. It’s gon’ be awesome.
IN THE COMMENTS:
Where’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?
Ever been to Thailand? Talk to me!
Where’s your dream destination? Thailand is one of mine. AND I’M GOING. AHHHH!