Category Archives: Thai Freedom House Blog

The Living Conditions of Burmese Refugees in Thailand

Burmese refugees face an uphill struggle as they try to rebuild their lives inside Thailand. Discrimination, exploitation and a lack of education means most refugees are subjected to a live of poverty, hardship and general unhappiness. Crossing the border may bring respite from the oppressive Burmese regime, but it is far from a path to freedom for Burmese refugees in Thailand. Instead, in Thailand, a lack of human security is replaced with workplace exploitation, gang violence and police harassment.
Also posted in Burma News | 6 Comments

Thai Freedom House cools off

Temperatures have been soaring in Northern Thailand the last couple of months and the rainy season is no where in sight.  We decided to take a Sunday off and go to a nearby waterfall on Doi Suthep to cool off.  The water was low but we still found a few swimming holes and shade to […]
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     On Dec. 5 we had a unique opportunity to visit an organic farm project outside of the city limits.  It was set up by an organization called NEED Network for Education and Economic Development.  They came to our school on Friday evening and talked to our students about their idea of agriculture and […]
Also posted in Class Update, Education | 2 Comments

Homemade Books

Last week we made some books with the students: After a few lessons about food, playing games with words and making worksheets, we thought: let’s do something else! So we made a food-book with the students. The students looked in magazines and cut out food-pictures. They had to stick it on the right page: drinks on drinks page; […]
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Baby Sunday

This is Apyou and his son Atit (Sunday).  His wife died a couple of months ago and since then he has not had anyone to watch the baby while he goes to work so he lost his room and was living in a plastic makeshift tent when I saw him selling flowers in a bar […]
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Teaching and Learning English As A Second Language

When we were kids we all learned to speak a language in a very natural way. We listened to our parents who spoke to us with very high voices, saying “oetsiekoetsie” and things like that. After a while we began to use our own voice, making different kind of sounds, and at the age of […]
Also posted in ESL education, Learning Languages, Teaching, Volunteering for Thai Freedom House | 2 Comments

YOGA! with Mel

At Thai Freedom House we not only stretch our minds but our bodies with periodic yoga classes with visiting yoginis!  This time Mel Cambell who teaches yoga at Wild Rose Yoga Studio and Sauna in Chiang Mai (right around the corner from us) came by with her daughter to give us a good stretch, […]
Also posted in Class Update, Education | 1 Comment

Visiting Free Bird Cafe

Hi there– I am sitting in my favorite and most colorful cafe’s in all of Thailand, Free Bird Cafe. I am spending time here Mentoring clients and Coaching an Interior Design Company in Bangkok. It’s the perfect office with children’s paintings every where, art work, toys and the dreams of hopes of children painted on […]
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Recycling Workshop

Here at Freedom House we recycle a lot. Nothing will end in the trash can. For everything we’ll find a next purpose. Back at home, for us that’s Holland, we wouldn’t think about saving a broken parasol. Why save it if you don’t use it anymore…? Just buy a new one! During our trip trough […]
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Putting Studies into Action

University is great. It educates us, it gives us the credentials to work good jobs and do great things with our lives, it looks good on our resume. But how long can you sit in a classroom in the middle of nowhere Ohio and actually learn about the conflict and strife in Africa, or Mecca […]
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