Adventures thus far in France

NANCY, FRANCE (June 1-6)  A bit about Nancy:  This is an elegant little city located in the northeastern part of France, which is part of the region of Lorraine. From what I was told, it is a student populated city with several different institutions surrounding the area. Unfortunately, I did not have time to check…

Volunteering with Art Relief International (ARI)

ARI believes in using art as a tool to create change. By using artistic outreach, the program promotes creativity and gives the opportunity for individuals to freely express themselves. The organizations that ARI is in partnership with are usually struggling social groups and humanitarian organizations in Chiang Mai or other neighboring provinces. We do a…

The art of communication

Reconciling with yourself as to whether or not you are making a difference while volunteering becomes more prominent especially when you do not speak the language. Expressing exactly how I feel in English is sometimes a struggle – I’m not an eloquent speaker and so writing is a better medium for me to communicate in.…

Good grief, are you a voluntourist?

Something I’d like to speak to since I broadcasted the news via Facebook that I would leave the -30 degree weather in Quebec to 25-30 degree weather in Chiang Mai is “voluntourism”. The concept has been viciously criticized as volunteering apparently dislikes being associated with tourism (you can read countless blogs and articles on this just by…