Consider Thailand for the Holidays
By Sheryl Kayne
Holidays are special, no matter which ones you celebrate, they’re all pretty wonderful because of the people and the traditions that have evolved for you and your family.
Christmas has always intrigued me because of its internationality. As a traveler, I consider this time of year a particularly special opportunity to see how others celebrate, or don’t celebrate, the holiday. A Thailand volunteer vacation would very much be an alternative Christmas as the locals don’t celebrate Christmas. For a very different kind of holiday experience, consider a home stay with a local family or attend Buddhist ceremonies, or visit the Hill Tribe Village — beautiful settings for an incredible Christmas adventure.
Travel to Teach is a non- profit organization that offers volunteer travel placements all around the world. They are based in Thailand and can tailor packages to individual needs. Christmas day can be spent having a blessing ceremony with monks, up on Thailand’s highest mountain with the Karen Hill Tribes, Elephant trekking or simply eating a traditional turkey dinner in the sunshine.
The volunteer projects are devised in conjunction with local schools and communities to service their needs. Individual programs start from as little as $609 for 2 weeks and include all accommodation, projects, support, language and cooking lessons. Group projects can also be arranged. The advantage to being a single traveler is that you can join in on a group, and select your age or particular interest group.
Volunteers range in age from 17 – 73 and all participants must be fluent in English, have a desire to learn about other cultures and bring with them lots of enthusiasm. Consider a trip of varying lengths for anytime of your upcoming year that suits you best: http://www.travel-to-teach.org/thailand/volunteer-thailand.php
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