Category Archives: Thai Freedom House Blog

Peace Cranes

I have always admired the Japanese tradition of origami – those teeny tiny pieces of paper folded to create beautiful birds, flowers and animals are awe inspiring – but I have never managed to successfully fold anything more intricate than an envelope. That all changed however, when I decided that Freedom House should be the […]
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Shan New Year Celebration

Shan New Year was celebrated Nov. 17 this year.  It is on a lunar calendar and is now the year 2104.  So this year at Thai Freedom House we got to celebrate 5 New Year Days!  The traditional Western Jan. 1, then the Chinese New Year, Thai New Year and finally the Shan New Year; […]
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Krissy's Thai Travelogue!

After a long flight from Germany to Thailand, I finally arrived in Chiang Mai on the 5th of September, excited but nervous at the same time. I did not know what to expect, how the work would be in such a different country and how the students would behave, so I entered Freedom House on […]
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My volunteer experience at Thai Freedom House

I knew from the first day that I arrived at Freedom House that 3 weeks would not be enough for me. The feeling in that space is amazing both during the day within the Café and at night in the school. On the first night I didn’t know what to expect when the children arrived, […]
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Watershed: Burma News Update

Two weekends ago, after class on Thursday night at Freedom House, I boarded an overnight bus to Bangkok for the weekend (screening Rocky, dubbed in Thai). When I returned to the street of the guesthouse I was staying at on Saturday, there was a cluster of people clogging traffic that turned out to be a […]
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Thai Mother's Day 2009

In Thailand Mother’s Day is celebrated on the current Queen’s Birthday, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, August 12.  Since Thai culture and tradition is part of the curriculum at Thai Freedom House and the kids really never get to show their appreciation to their mothers for all of their hard work, we decided to have a […]
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Review: Burma VJ

If you haven’t heard about Burma VJ yet – start now! This new documentary film has been gaining increasing recognition at film festivals, in newspapers, and in word on the street. Composed of hours of footage from small handycams captured by young guerilla journalists in Burma, the documentary offers one of the few close looks […]
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Guest Blogger Dennis Guikema : Interview with our Director!

I stumbled across the Thai Freedom House when on a short walk only a few blocks from my guesthouse in Chiang Mai. I was drawn in by a small chalkboard that both touted their mission of serving refugee and indigenous communities as well as advertised the small café that helps to fund the program. I […]
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How to start your internship in a ‘spiritual’ way

-Pick your chores checklist-Take a good look at what you’ve got: with paper in hand, consider the tasks you’ve written on your chores checklist so far. – -What supplies are needed to complete this task? Will double the amount of supplies be needed to be most efficient?, etc.-Consider the details-One more thing… Aim for improvement, […]
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Volunteering during the rainy season!

When stepping into Freedom House you cannot help but sense you are in a supportive and caring environment. That is certainly what I felt when I first stepped through this Thai style house, nestled within a cozy part of Chiang Mai’s inner moat area. The house itself has a community spirit, with every inch of […]
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