My first Songkran in Samui was a great wet fun day. We had a tour group that came in and they got to experience one of Thailand’s most famous celebrations.

Songkran With Volunteers On A Tropical Island

Having lived in other cities where they celebrate Songkran for one to weeks, it made me appreciate Samui’s one day water festival. For me, it was more enjoyable to pour all your energy into one day of splashing, since you know this is your only day to do so. I got to spend the day getting wet(and wetting others) on the outskirts of Chaweng. It was just as much fun as I ever had in Bangkok, Pattaya, or Chiangmai. As for my touring group, they wholeheartedly enjoyed seeing the Thais celebrate their Happy New Year.

Our volunteer Thailand project. Helping paint a school.

Volunteering In Thailand – Painting, Decorating and More!

The day after Songkran, we had a schedule to paint Wat Santi school (a poor school in Thongkrut). I thought it was a bad time to have a tour group here while school was out for term break. I was terribly mistaken–and gladly accepted it!

Volunteering abroad in Thailand

It had been a couple of weeks since the last group left, but their legacy lives on.  Their paintings of the school walls has been admired by the whole community.  I see teachers, students, and local villagers–all of whom admired and compliment on the beauty of their new school walls. It made me proud, and honored to be a part of Starfish, and to be able to enjoy the community’s thankfulness.

Volunteer work Thailand painting a school wall

I know those young men and women that volunteered will have a smile, knowing that –yes, you’ve made a difference.

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