Well we did it! Blood, sweat, tears and 16 amazing people from 13 different countries came together and we built a playground, a dormitory and refurbished a kindgarden for the gorgeous Burmese migrant kids who still are feeling the after-effects of the reduced funding and attention since the departure of partner charities in the Thai/Myanmar border region. We started our trip in Bangkok, Thailand and then headed North, the trip will spanned over two weeks and took us through some of Northern Thailand’s most magnificent locations. We first journeyed to the border town of Mae Sot where we began our GiveBack GiveAway 2017 projects.
Since Myanmar underwent its first democratic elections, the ethnic tribes on the Thai side of the border have felt the repercussions dramatically. The vast majority of charities, projects and NGO’s instantly entered Myanmar, leaving the Burmese migrants in Mae Sot and it’s surroundings instantly neglected and underfunded. This has left many schools searching for the wherewithall they need to provide equipment for their students and classes. Once again the GiveBack Giveaway provided the students with essentials they need to learn in the classroom as well as building a playground for the kids of the school and community to benefit from, and a dormitory for the orphan kids to have a space to sleep at night that they can now call their own, and not the cold classroom floor. All kids should have fun at school to create a positive learning environment. We aim to give that to them. And believe it will be a lasting contribution enjoyed by hundreds of kids for years to come. Thank you so much for all the guys and girls who donated and and even bigger thank you to the legends that came and joined us!
Sunday ,May 28th
Welcome to Thailand! Today we meet one another in Bangkok and head out to enjoy the city in one of the best ways possible. Night markets!
Monday, May 29th
Take a good look at the city, because it will be your last for a while. Today we will take a flight north to Mae Sot. Here we will meet the team who will be running our giveback projects on the tour.
Tuesday, May 30th
Here we go! Today we begin working at the school, building the playground and making the kids smile!
Wednesday, May 31st
Today we continue working at the school, building the playground and making the kids smile!
Thursday, June 1st
Today is our last day working at the school, building the playground and making the kids smile!
Friday, June 2nd
Our work at the school is done. Today we will travel a few hours to Sukothai for a quick stop-over. In the afternoon we will check out the famous Sukothai temple and enjoy a well deserved drink.
Saturday, June 3rd
Off to a new destination today. We travel to Chiang Rai one of Thailand’s most under appreciated cities. The day will be long but the journey will be a blast!
Sunday, June 4th
Early alarms this morning to visit one of Thailand’s most spectacular sunrises at Phu Chi Fah. In the afternoon we will relax and have a scenic lunch by the river and then check out the tea terraces. In the evening we will hit the town.
Monday, June 5th
We’re off on the short journey to Chiang Mai this morning, but not before we visit the famous White Temple. Once in Chaing Mai we can relax, have a nice riverside dinner and get ready to enjoy a brilliant couple of days in the Northern Capital.
Tuesday, June 6th
We hope you like elephants because today we’re going to be spending a night with them in the jungle.
Wednesday, June 7th
Wake up and have breaky with the Karen tribe before we head back to the Chaing Mai and enjoy the Doi Suthep Tour.
Thursday, June 8th
It’s a free day to explore Chiang Mai! Bamboo Rafting, Trekking, Swimming holes, are just some of the many things to do.
Friday, June 9th
Enjoy the last day in Chiang Mai exploring, relaxing or learning. How about a Thai cooking class. In the evening we are going to take the authentic experience back to Bangkok on the night train.
Saturday, June 10th
It’s our exit day. You’ll have the day to explore in Bangkok. Consider spending a few more night to explore this world class city but if you need to go make sure to book your flight home in the evening.