Destination: Chiang Rai, Thailand

Half of IHF’s mission is to educate the poor and the other half is to educate the world about the poor. Our vision is to strive for a world of leaders and citizens who have interacted with, and are truly knowledgeable about the world’s poor.
– IHF Website

IHF OrphanageIn addition to various sponsorship programs such as classroom or orphan sponsorships, the International Humanity Foundation (IHF) operates multiple orphanages in Indonesia, Kenya and Thailand with a focus on creating a nurturing environment for the children where they can make their education a priority. The IHF presence in Thailand is located in the city of Chiang Rai, Thailand. Nestled in between Burma to the west and Laos to the east is the northern-most province of Chiang Rai, Thailand. This summer, Chiang Rai will serve as my introduction to Southeast Asia as I will be volunteering at the orphanage in Chiang Rai as part of my trip to Southeast Asia.

I have been volunteering online with IHF since March 30th of this year. The volunteering work has consisted primarily of reviewing volunteer applications and determining which role would fit them best by reviewing their skills and experience against the needs of the organization. Compared to other volunteering opportunities around the world, IHF out-of-pocket costs for volunteers are relatively small. IHF accomplishes this by having most of the administrative work be done by volunteers online before they arrive at their center of choice. The requirements to log hours volunteering online are strict but well worth it.

This entry is part of a series of posts on my trip to Southeast Asia in August of 2008. You can see all of the posts in this series the post: A look back to my trip to Southeast Asia.

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