This time around, I am traveling with my boyfriend for two months in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. And Vietnam if we have the time. We have been planning this trip since August, and I am so beyond happy that we are finally here, on a beach in Koh Tao.
We are currently on our ninth day in Sai Daeng Resort, which initially was a four day birthday present from me to Eirik. We loved our remote beach bungalow so much that we are just adding nights over and over because we do not want to leave. We have set the limit on ten days, so these are the last days in paradise before we are headed to a simpler and more backpacker-ish place.
However, this is not merely a fun, chill – on – the – beach – type of holiday. Yes, we have a couple of weeks here and there with fun, but our main purpose of this trip is to visit the beautiful village of Phonsawart in Laos. I am so eager to meet Aay again, and see if we can help him with the learning project he wants to start for his village. I have to admit that I am very nervous for the task ahead of me, but I am trying to learn as much as possible at this moment. My philosophy is that what I don’t know, I gotta learn!
At this point, I am not skilled enough to be the main force behind a start up in Laos, so my focus is that I need to talk to people who can help Aay in Laos. Already, the chief of the village, the school and even a monk is eager to join Aay’s project, and I am looking forward to meeting them and discuss the plans. The chief will grant us a room at the school, and the school will help us with communicating the project to students who want to learn more. I’m not entirely sure what the monk will do, but it’s always good to have a monk! No, honestly, I’m just kidding. Any help, from anyone, is so so so appreciated, and I am so thankful that we have such a wise voice with us on our project. It means a great deal that a monk believes in our mission and wants to help Aay. It gives me strength to believe that Aay will teach his first students about English, IT, equality and simple business in just a few months time…
The main force behind the project is the village and Aay, but Eirik and I, and everyone interested, are more than welcome to join and help out with plans, finance, organization, lesson plans and volunteering. So my main objective is this: Plan and organize the project with the village and hopefully get in touch with businesses or other non for profit organizations who can help. Eirik will set up a webpage, and I will take pictures and make a video to promote the village to future volunteers and visitors. We will try to collect enough money to rent a project house for three years, and if this works, Aay is pretty much set up for a small project he can run in Laos with my help from Norway. Hopefully. Fingers crossed. Toes crossed. It would mean the world to the village to get a project like this. I want it to work, but they need it to work.
BUT, this post was actually going to be a “hey look how beautiful Koh Tao is” – post, so I’ll finish it up with some mood pics from our trip so far: