Confessions of a Former Volunteer : What I Wish I Knew Before My Plane Touched Down In Tanzania, and What I Have Learned Since

 Swiping left and right on bumble, I am instantly intrigued by an attractive man holding two smiling babies. They aren’t his nieces, nephews or cousins. It looks like he is somewhere in Africa. The picture feels familiar and within seconds I am swept up with nostalgia. It suddenly dawns on me, I have the same […]

Thailand Mourning Period : What You Need to Know

You might have heard the saddest news this past Thursday, 13 October 2016, that our beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej has passed away at the age of 88, after a 70-year long and non-stop service to his people as the “strength of the land”. This is why we, Thai people, call him “Father”. There are some […]

How To: Volunteering and Living Abroad in Vietnam

My name is David Squires and I am from Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom. As part of my studies as a Master’s student at Aarhus University in Denmark, I will be volunteering with Children’s Hope in Action (CHIA) for 5 months through the summer and autumn of 2016. I came to Vietnam in June this […]

Why Short-Term Volunteering Was A Great Decision

Spoiler alert : if you only have 2 minutes, head right to the end for some amazing quick tips! I had wanted to volunteer abroad ever since I was a teenager. Back then my biggest excuse for not doing so, was my parents not being supportive of me venturing into the unknown. As the years […]