rap to fund school

Yesterday night was the farewell party of Lane,, who taught music for 3 months at the Good Morning School. This song was written and performed by 3rd graders! Please share! 
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new visa rules

Please take care that you have a correct visa, if you plan to stay more than 30 days in Thailand. No easy extensions anymore! Make from the beginning a 60 day tourist visa! You need to plan, can't travel spontaneously anymore. Thailand is huge and lots to see. 4 weeks is too short, if you want to see South and North! You will need 60 or even 90 days depending, if you want to really experience the people and culture, not rush from one touristy spot to the other.
If you enter by land, from Laos for example, you get only 15 days visa! You need to fly in to get 30 days visa on arrival!!! 
Visa rules seem to change on a nearly daily basis. If you want to be up to date sign up (it is free) for Thaivisa.com (it is free). I am also posting updates here regularly.

New Arrivals

Dear new arrivals,

Please take your time at the first day, rest from your traveling, watch to get an idea of our daily rhythm ….

Some times we have a lot of volunteers, some times none and we have to get to know each other a little to fit you in, find the best chores for you

Any questions, problems, pleae speak with Da Da. She is nearly always at home or close by. She is my sister-in-law. She will look after you. Yoiu can assist her by looking after her son Eh Doh Doh.

What to help with:
  • wash dishes (this is always a problem with so many people and we are very thankful for your help)
  • depending on what we cook: help cutting vegetables, peeling etc
In Burmese culture, it is unpolite to let guests help, so please tell Da Da or my husband, that you want to see and learn how they cook and then they will allow you in
  • walk the dogs with the children after school (and later some in the mornings) Dominic will teach you this
  • bake bread in the afternoons, Bente will show you
  • send the little one's to school (or town) and pick them up at 1 pm
    (we need to show you the way and town that you can do this)
  • There are lots more things to do, take your time to understand, a Burmese household will probably look a bit chaotic at first and just do it

I am very busy in the moment. I am setting up a new healthcare project, so I am not at home to instruct you myself. I have lots of meetings, I am writing material and already see some patients. You can meet with me in the mornings 9-11 Tuesday to Sunday. I or one of the kids will show around town on the second day, that you can find your way. You can always take one of our bicycles.

Our village has 2 main shops where you can get almost everything: The “Burmese Shop” at the road, on the left side, if you look from our house. And at the other end of the village the “factory shop”. You can also get phone cards in these shops for Thai phones. In case you crave Western food, snacks : The 7eleven on the highway. Take a bicycle.
There is a nice coffee shop with cakes and Wifi on the highway. Turn left and cycle direction to the border. It is called wake up. It opens 1 – 5.30 pm. In case the owner isn't there yet, wait a while or call her (phonenumber is on the sign). The Wifi is on, the password is Wakeup2004 (maybe it is 2003?)

My husband is also close by, at the little construction site behind us. You can also speak with him, if you need something. His English is good and he is happy to help you. He lives here already many years and has lots of stories to tell. 


Mobile Clinic

We are starting a new health care project!

So far one patient and lots of fundraising and organizing going on. 

Rainy Season

The rainy season has started. No, it doesn't rain the whole day. Only a few hours. The rain is warm. The temperatures are nice (21-31 degrees C). It is like summer in Britain or Northern Germany. The rain comes and goes. It rains quite regularly during the night, but usually the mornings and afternoons are fine. it is advisable to bring or buy a proper rain coat and to carry it with you. Rice is going to be planted, there is lots of fishing going on ...