Volunteering in Thailand
After several days in Chiang Mai, the time had come to move forward to the next destination – Banchang. After a long overnight journey from Chiang Mai to Bangkok and two hour journey in a minibus from Bangkok, I’ve finally arrived to Banchang. For the first time in my life I was going to be a volunteer – private tutor of 8-yo boy called Ben. When I’ve found the right address, I was welcomed by barking of two cute dogs – Tommy and Tally. A second later blond boy run out of the house, he passed me saying “Hi!”, grabbed his scooter and drove along the street to his friends. Emma, the boy’s mother, welcomed me warmly, gave a tour around the house and explained what exactly I will do as a volunteer. During my conversation with Emma two dogs were watching me attentively, but they have accepted me as a member of a family two days later.
The accommodation was perfect – I had my own room with air-con, queen size comfy bed and almost private bathroom. There was also a pool table in the house, where me and Ben have spent a lot of time every day. The house was part of so-called village located about 10 minutes away from the beach. There was also a community swimming pool in the village, where I never saw anyone except me and Ben.
Typical day in Banchang
I woke up at 6:30, put on my shorts, grabbed the leash and jumped on a scooter – dogs knew where to go and I felt as if I were driving a chariot. Scooter is the fastest mean of transport for short distances, so when I go somewhere with dogs, they do all the work. We arrived to the beach 5 minutes later. I let the dogs off the leash to let them have fun while we are here and went for a walk along the sea, watching nature around me – rising sun, morning sea, dogs chasing each other and sand crabs fleeing as far as possible from the dogs. It all was beautiful and peaceful.
Two hours later we were on our way back home and as usual we stopped at a small market shop to buy some food for breakfast and lunch. Lady working there always recognizes me and recommends me something new to try, this time it was pink colored pasta with vegetables, which turned out to be really tasty. When we got back home, I ate my breakfast and went for a swim and chill-out time by the swimming pool with a book in hand – Ben is usually up after 10 0’clock.
After relaxing by the pool, it’s time to ‘work’. When I got home, Ben was already awake, sitting on the couch and playing Minecraft on his tablet. As soon as he saw me, he asked if I wanna play the pool – of course I agreed. An hour later we finished playing and started geography lesson – for every new 20 learned locations, Ben was rewarded with a short break and sword fight with his teacher. So every 30-40 minutes we had a short break to test our fencing skills. Once Ben got really tired of lessons, it’s the time for entertainment – chess first and when he got bored with it we usually headed to the pool for a swim and waterfight. During my stay in Banchang I was really lucky, as there was annual seafood festival taking place. I could try a variety of weird seafood, watch performances of varoius dance groups and listen to popular Thai singers live.