Four other students and I were given a valuable opportunity to visit the Baan Dek headquarters in Chiang Mai. We met numerous new people in communities and construction sites, and created memories and experiences that I will cherish forever. Our main purpose when visiting Chiang Mai was to paint meaningful murals in different locations which sheltered children and people, which was mostly concentrated in construction sites. For example, in one of the schools we visited, we painted a tree with colourful handprints instead of leaves to emphasize the importance of a whole community, and serves as a mouthpiece stating that the tree as a whole would not be completed without everyone's contribution and teamwork as a whole community. Throughout our fun but tough Baan Dek journey, I have learnt that there are always a backstory to every single building, or facility, and many people are sacrificing themselves for the greater good in their families lives. I also deeply felt that nothing in our lives should be taken for granted, as there will be people - really closer to you thank you think - that are wishing for something that so small but unable to get, like a safe environment to live in, or medical care. And it is Baan Dek that gathers these wishes, to make them become reality.
- YuJin Se
We created a few murals that suited the theme for each of the situations, for example, we went to the construction area in which they ran a program called "superhero academy" so we painted a superman that was showing the action of recycling - and also painted other things that could symbolize such activities as well. In the same area, we also created a big red heart which was really enjoyable to paint and helped us bond with each other further. One of the activities I enjoyed the most was the sport activities was with the Lahu tribes in Green Valley, because we were able to interact with many children and people around the village which helped us to understand the living conditions in the area. I found that there are so many programs and service activities that we could organise when we go back to Baan Dek Foundation on June, and we can help to develop Baan Dek even further with St Andrews.