November 19, 2010 4:57 AM PST
The photo is great showing off Isara's new T-shirts!! Awesome!! Very professional and a perfect way to represent Isara!!
November 19, 2010 6:05 AM PST
Great photo! Terrible Marmite.
November 19, 2010 5:55 PM PST
Thanks Lauren. I'm really happy to be here. Helped teach my first class with Marie yesterday. One of the younger groups, they were... lively! It was so much fun!
November 24, 2010 6:05 AM PST
Great pics again. When I move to my new house I will check they are all wearing their helmets.
November 24, 2010 6:13 AM PST
Dave is gonna be a policeman at Ban nong jang 555+
The children with helmets are so pretty.
November 24, 2010 3:10 PM PST
A great day and amazing photos!! Thank you Andi! They all look very happy receiving their new, colorful helmets. Good job! :)
November 24, 2010 11:10 PM PST
They all look smile and happy in the photos :-)
Next day in the morning Kirk went back eary to check them,then have many funny stories happened on that time.Let go to check them Dave "Do they wear helmets?" :-)
November 28, 2010 4:59 AM PST
Imagine..............the Isara Learning Center library growing if every volunteer coming to the ILC could pack just one children's book in their luggage or backpack. :) Let's begin a One Book Volunteer campaign!
Will you bring an educational book for Isara?
November 29, 2010 8:03 PM PST
I'm making my girlfriend fit as many books into her bag as she can :D
December 4, 2010 1:54 PM PST
Congratulations Kirk. The helmet campaign is ingenious.By the way, I have never seen you wearing a suit before.
January 1, 2011 3:35 AM PST
I can't believe it, but my arrival date is coming up fast! I arrive in Udon Thani airport at 11:10 a.m. on Friday, January 7th, and then I guess I'm catching the next minibus as soon as I get my baggage together. Not sure exactly when that makes my arrival in Nong Khai... Does anyone know what the minibus schedule is like?
Can't wait to meet everyone!
January 1, 2011 5:49 AM PST
Hi Michelle, I've traveled to Nong Khai via Udon Thani and I believe the minibus trip from Udon Thani to Nong Khai only takes about 45 minutes, depending on the number of stops it makes along the way. You should be arriving in Nong Khai early afternoon. Here's a link of helpful cards to help you along your journey.
Safe travels and have a wonderful time volunteering with Isara, I definitely did! :) I can't wait to go again! :)
January 1, 2011 9:24 PM PST
Happy New Year to Everyone at Isara! I am currently traveling with former volunteer Erica Wong and also met Simon Cervantes during my travels throughout Southeast Asia. I would LOVE to come volunteer for a month or two if you have space. Filling out an application now!
January 2, 2011 1:37 PM PST
Thanks for the link to the cards, KitKat. Sounds like I can kind of go with the flow and just catch whatever the next minibus is after I arrive, then take a van or tuk tuk.
January 2, 2011 5:03 PM PST
"Go with tha flow" is a way of life in Thailand, so I understand. Enjoy!
January 5, 2011 5:21 PM PST
Hi everyone at Isara,
My name's Rehana and I'm from England. Found this website through researching for volunteering abroad and I’ve got to say it really stands out, it’s got an active forum and all the testimonials and photos just sold it to me. You guys are so amazing and inspiring! :D
I'm planning to travel to Thailand about a week after my summer exams finish in mid June, and would love to spend my time volunteering with Isara for around six weeks, if there are any opportunities available. I’m fluent in English and would love to help the children on their learning curve
I've completed the online application, so hope to hear from you soon.
Thanks, Rehana :)
P.S the logo clicking thing is really addictive! Who knew just by doing an effortless task I’m doing good.
January 13, 2011 5:34 PM PST
Yeah, thinking about volunteering here for a good while probably towards November of this year. As I am currently?teaching English in Japan, and my contract will finish in late October, but I`m thinking that I want to do a meditation retreat here in Japan somewhere first. Doing research into that now. And then come to Thailand and volunteer, well that is if it to Thailand and volunteer, well that is if it works for the organization. I think I would want to do it for 3 months, I seem to recall that somewhere it recommended that time frame.
What threads and such should I look at? I looked at the beginning of this one but it is so long that I haven`t read nearly all of it yet. Maybe just the first page.
Also I am from Canada, so anybody who can speak am from Canada? so anybody who can speak from a Canadian perspective about visas and passports and the like would be visas and passports and the like would be appreciated.
How is Thai as a language? Should I do a little research into it before coming over? Probably yes. That would be a good idea me thinks. Anyone online resources?
Well this is a start to my planning process.
Thanks for your time,
January 15, 2011 4:59 AM PST
Just a thought to help future volunteers traveling to help Isara. :)
Maybe we need a volunteer to search this tread and gather information regarding "traveling to Isara". (Maybe there is already something like this in place.) Don't know? This info could then be placed in Isara's Volunteer section.
January 15, 2011 5:04 AM PST
Knowing basic Thai would definitely help you just to get around and buying things around here. Knowing more Thai would help in teaching the children. But I came into Isara just knowing minimal basic Thai, and now learning more everyday. It's amazing how a little bit of Thai will help you in the classroom.
If you are going to be here for 3 months, I recommend you getting a visa..I'm not sure how it goes for Canadian citizens...you would have to research. Request for more than 1 re-entry...if possible mulitple entries. Laos is right next to us, so visa runs are popular. Probably may want to bring some extra passport photos.
Okay hope that helps! Please ask if you have any other questions!