A flag featuring both cross and saltire in red, white and blueMy story…

I always knew I wanted to take a gap year, but I was never quite sure what I would do on it. I knew I wanted to do something volunteer based and after travelling with friends over summer holidays and having an amazing time, I was itching to go abroad and see the world. When I first started looking into volunteer work abroad I was disheartened as many organisations wished to charge me to come and work for them which I found quite bizarre. I began asking around and it turned out a friend of the family had done some work for an organisation called the Father Ray Foundation. I looked into it further and it was perfect. Hands on volunteer work that really made a difference in people’s lives situated in Thailand, the heart of South-East Asia which gave you free accommodation and meals. I applied and was accepted, it was the best decision I ever made.Sandy from the United Kingdom

After barely a week I knew I had made the right choice, the staff and volunteers were so accommodating and I felt right at home making friends instantly. All the volunteers were wonderful, united under the common goal of just wanting to help people. People of all ages volunteer but once you start talking and working together it doesn’t matter, everyone gets along and has so much fun. I have definitely made life long friends here at the foundation and won’t be loosing contact with them any time soon.

Sandy from the United KingdomMy time here has shot by, there are so many projects to work on that you just lose track of it. Teaching the students was a totally new and challenging experience but I have loved every second. All the volunteers help each other out and give advice when you need it. The day care kids are adorable and working with the children’s home, children’s village and drop in centre is endless fun. But I would have to say the most rewarding work I have done here has been at the School for the blind, I’ve never experienced anything like it and there is no end to the achievements the students have attained, it’s remarkable.

Sandy from the United KingdomI would strongly recommend the Father Ray Foundation to anyone who was interested in volunteering abroad, it has been the experience of a lifetime working on the projects, nights out with the volunteers and experiencing an entirely new culture. It has blown me away and I’ll be back as soon as I can!

Sandy from the United Kingdom

October 2009 – March 2010

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