How did you serve in 2011? Do you plan to volunteer in 2012?
This year I spent two months volunteering at a grass-roots NGO in India called Prime Trust who focus on women’s empowerment. I helped to look after boys who were orphaned or unable to live at home. I lived in the building that housed the day-care centre and evening remedial schools so I spent some time playing with little 3 year olds in the morning and helping the remedial school kids at night.
I returned to Thailand just after the floods started to hit Bangkok. Soi Dog put a call out for volunteers to go and help look after flood-affected dogs that were being relocated to Phetchaburi, just south of Bangkok. I love dogs and didn’t have to think twice. I jumped on a plane and a couple of mini buses and went and helped for a week. It was hot and dirty work. Cleaning cages, feeding, giving fresh water and then walking and playing with the dogs. I fell in love with a lot of them and wished I could take them home but many were owned and I’m not in a position to adopt.
As my life is in transition, I don’t have set plans to volunteer at this stage but I do hope to. I loved both of my volunteering experiences, being of service and meeting some really wonderful people along the way.
|With fellow volunteers at Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand|
|One of my doggy patients wanting to say hello|
|A loving kiss, grateful to be out of the cage|