By Gregory Smith Valentine’s Day started off with a wonderful breakfast. We were cooked the usual fried rice and had the freshest fruit, most of which was grown from the trees at the orphanage. After we finished breakfast it was time to begin finding ways to be helpful! The day before I was looking around […]Read more "Valentine’s Day"
We woke up early under our bug net covered, dorm style beds. We all share a large room above the toddler room (how convenient). We wake up to the sound of tropical birds, the right on time rooster and 70+ kids getting ready for school. A group of three get up earlier than the rest […]Read more "Love at First Sight"
Last year, we had the honor of spending eight days at the Baan Dada Orphanage in Thailand. Once Dada informed us they had a sister orphanage in Indonesia our wheels began turning. Fast-forward to now; we have organized a group of six people from America to spend a week in Singaraja, a small town on […]Read more "Self Realization and Service to Humanity, Bali"
We are proud to announce we were chosen among 85 other individuals and groups from around the world as part of MightyGoods ” 85 INSPIRING VANLIFE NOMADS AND ALL THE COOL VANS THEY LIVE IN”. After over two and a half years of living to the beat of our own drum it feels great to be […]Read more "85 Inspiring Vanlife Nomads"
Landing in Phnom Penh was a bit hectic with the traffic here being much crazier than Chiang Mai. There doesn’t seem to be any laws and there are loads of motorbikes. It’s a true free for all. For some reason we didn’t believe it when people said you’d meet friends that you just click with […]Read more "Cambodia"
Leaving Baan Dada was hard but we were ready in a way. It has become a home to us and we could easily spend more time here but there is still so much to see in Southeast Asia. We spent the morning getting our stuff together and squeezed in one last meal. Everyone joined together […]Read more "Leaving Baan Dada"
During the weekdays breakfast is served after the kids take the bus to school. It’s a leisurely meal. Volunteers stumble in around 8 Thai time but not me. I’m putting coffee on waiting to see what Mame made for me this morning. We take the hour and talk about the day ahead, what needs to […]Read more "Do All the Good You Can"
Not only are we here to volunteer and share our love with the children but we are passionate about learning from them and embracing their lifestyle, too. That means we are sleeping on thin mats under mosquito nets and taking cold bucket showers. For the next week we are vegans who do not drink alcohol and […]Read more "The Good Kind"
Twelve hours total in travel. A train, a shuttle, a bus and a hitch hike. Yes, mom, we hitch hiked, but in our defense we missed the connecting bus. Before we get into that I’d like to start from the beginning. Having worked our bums off to make this trip into a reality we needed […]Read more "Welcome to the Jungle "