Hi everybody! Weve had an amazing group of visitors to our beautiful town this week, 37 students from San Diego State University! They came, they saw, they conquered, and we loved every second!
Their medical mission was to visit a different rural area each day in Sangkhlaburi and provide any medical help needed to the people of the villages, for free. This was a great experience for us all as it gave them the chance to practice their skills in unfamiliar environments, and gave the small communities (where a lot of people are stateless and can’t afford, or don’t have access to healthcare) a chance to be assessed, treated and educated on treating themselves in future.
This is the first time Sangkhlaburi has had a group like this and all of the village leaders were all very appreciative of their efforts and amazing care they gave to their communities. We even visited the local hospital, where we were welcomed by the staff to tour the hospital and see first-hand the differences between western healthcare and rural Thai healthcare.
We also had a new cultural experience to show them too, and took the group on a very early morning visit to the Mon community side of town, where a lot of families from Mon State in Burma reside. The students gathered donations of basic medical supplies, food, and gifts, and gave alms to the monks as they walked across the wooden bridge. Something you can only do in Sangkhlaburi, so it was great fun!
During their trip here the students and their professors also took part in some fun activity days after their hard work, including a trek through the jungle to get to one of their clinic locations! They also enjoyed some relaxing days too and took part in some bamboo rafting and elephant trekking near Sangkhlaburi’s famous bridge.
All in all, we all had an amazing 10 days with these guys, and would love to do it again!
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