Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and, with a population of over eleven million inhabitants, by far its largest city. Its high-rise buildings, busy streets, intense heat and raucus nightlife make for a high-impact welcome to the hustle and bustle of Southeast Asia's biggest commercial center. It is also the epicenter of human trafficking in Thailand and is both a destination point and a major transit point for victims of trafficking.
It is here that we get a crash-course in human trafficking from the founder of a shelter for recovering victims and a team fighting trafficking on the ground.
Chiang Mai is the Arts and Culture center of Northern Thailand. With a population of over 170,000 in the city proper (but more than 1 million in the metropolitan area), it is Thailand's fifth-largest city. Surrounded by mountains and lush countryside, it is much greener and quieter than Bangkok, but still faces many of the same developmental problems that plague the larger cities.
Chiang Rai and the Surrounding Villages:
The town has a population of around 62,000 and is the main residential center of Thailand's Northern-most province , serving the Golden Triangle border region of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos.
It serves as our home-base for our work in the surrounding villages, where there is a large population of hill-tribe people and ethnic minorities. Many of these villages rely on agriculture to sustain themselves. The Chiang Rai region is a source of trafficking victims.
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First, we aim to understand Thailand: its beauty and its problems, up close and personally with dedicated non-profit leaders who know the country best. This isn't your typical classroom, and you'd never get this kind of access with any other trip. We partner with world-class and grassroots non-profit organizations that are dedicated to combatting human trafficking on the ground and can give you the real truth about the situation, its causes, and its implications.
After understanding the big-picture issue of human trafficking, we focus our volunteer work where we'll have the greatest impact: prevention work. We partner with small schools and grassroots projects that support children at risk of being trafficked. Each trip will spend several days engaging in English education at local schools (a key element in providing children with life skills and future opportunities) and the completion of a physical infrastructure project, such as setting up a new classroom, installing lavatories, or building a playground at a local community center in the rural North of Thailand. These projects make a lasting impact in the lives of the children we work with, and your service will be remembered for years to come.
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