Apparently, I had been a little sleepy because the last image I recall is that of our GVI base disappearing from view as we pull out of Ban Nam Khem. Now, the sound of the cab’s engine cutting off and the shuffling of bags stirs me awake. My eyes pop open, shaking off...
Our world, and the wildlife within it, is being threatened by unsustainable human behavior. This issue is prevalent in Thailand, as evidenced by often irresponsible practices within its wildlife tourism industry. While immersing yourself in the coastal province of...
Anyone who visits a local store or market will understand why Thailand is one of the world’s largest consumers of plastic. Drinking bottled water is the norm, and each purchase is accompanied by the offer of countless plastic bags and straws. Government figures show...
In Thailand, conservation awareness is critical as many animals are abused in the tourism trade. On the weekends, many volunteers want to take part in touristic attractions, and a part of that includes visits to exotic animals that cannot be seen in the western world....
I’ll forever remember the day I sat in front of my computer screen after just receiving confirmation from GVI that I had booked a six-week short-term internship in Thailand. A place so foreign and with a language I could not speak, but with a program, I was highly...
I still remember the first time I walked into one of the classes 2 months ago. At that point, I had no idea how I was going to cope with all those playful kids. As the time passed by, everything went more smoothly and I really saw the children’s English improving. As...
Shark Guardian Book Launch Shark Guardian Partnership Educating the younger generation on the importance of sharks across their local marine ecosystems is an important focal point if we are to ensure the survival of these amazing creatures. Thailand has a wide variety...
It’s very difficult to describe the first time you pick up a baby turtle and hold it, tiny and wriggling, in your hands. Read about my memories volunteering with turtles in Thailand.
When our program leader first let us know that a leadership course was part of our DukeEngage Thailand program, I couldn’t help but groan internally. After an entire school year, I was looking forward to eight weeks of engaging activities – how exactly did a...
My name is James, and I’m a second-year student at Duke University. I’m participating in GVI’s Service Learning program over here in Phang Nga Province, Thailand. We mostly focus our work on conservation, doing sea turtle conservation, beach cleanups, and biodiversity...
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