Senior Section Thailand Trip – July 18 – August 10 2015
A group of 12 senior section members aged 16-18 years along with 4 leaders spent just over three weeks in Thailand. Flying from Manchester via Amsterdam and onto Bangkok, where an overnight stay was provided at the Girl Guide Association of Thailand Headquarters in the heart of the city. The following day was spent on the “sprinter train” to Chaing Mai in northern Thailand – the sprint took over 12hours!
Again the accommodation was provided by GGAT and during our stay they provided and accompanied the team on a variety of excursions which included many shrines and temples, palaces, botanical gardens, canyons, the golden triangle, a host of shopping experiences including walking markets, night markets, and later in Bangkok we experienced the floating markets.
The community projects during the trip also provided a range of experiences, the girls shared activities and crafts with guides in colleges and bluebirds (Brownies) in schools. These experiences gave all involved the chance to share each other’s cultures and customs.
The group travelled to Wiang Pa Pao, where they again shared some activities, but also taught some essential skills to a project called “Valuing Girls” aimed at giving girls from the hill tribe’s, skills and talents to provide them with an income and opportunity to remain with their families and prevent them from being drawn into prostitution.
The service element of the trip was to paint and decorate a toilet block the disabled and lay the pathway to it, this was at the Chuen Bampen campsite, the creativity was amazing and the end results thrilled the Thai guiders.
The trip was completed with three days in Bangkok, with Thai Massages, the Grand Palace, floating markets, museums and art galleries, sightseeing and our final meal at the Hard Rock Café.
For a day by day account of the trip from the participants point of view then please visit the blog at http://girlguidingneethailand2015.blogspot.co.uk