So I am back in blogging-land today, and hopefully for at least the next couple months, for some very exciting reasons.
First of all, after an amazing year-and-a-half our little baby Re/Visionist blog is all grown up and getting passed along to its new owners. In May the current editors (myself included) will have finally attained mastery (or at least managed Master’s Degrees) and will be moving on to exciting new projects…like jobs…and loan repayment! The new crop of graduate student editors is absolutely fabulous and will definitely bring a whole new burst of energy, enthusiasm and good-old-fashioned smarts to the blog. While I will be sad to leave the regular editorial staff of Re/V it will hopefully free me up to do some more personal blogging which is important because…
As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility initiative Informa Business Information, the company I work for, is sending volunteers to work in communities around the world. I am really fortunate to have been chosen for the company’s first trip to Thailand! From our volunteering website:
There are various childcare centres which provide a safe place for those children with poor working parents. With monthly wages as low as £50 for an adult working on a farm this is an essential resource. Moreover, in many cases parents move to the cities to find work leaving grandparents to bring up the children. The use of the centres is a very welcome break to these people and therefore provides an essential service to the local community and you will soon feel that you are part of the community.
There can be up to 50 pre-school children (up to 4 years old) at one time at the centres so the volunteers help is vital to ensure that the children are well looked after. Volunteers will help the local staff look after the children during the day organising games, activities, teaching lessons and preparing food. Volunteers can also get involved with renovation and repair work at the centres which may include painting walls or renovating kitchens.
While phone and internet may be a little spotty where we’re staying, I’ll hopefully be able to get online periodically to post updates and pictures from my trip! In the meantime I’ll be able to rant incessently about planning and packing, and doesn’t that sound like fun?!