Our site is about preserving memories for our daughter, **** Emma ****, sharing stories about our life journey, including travel, expat life abroad, discovering and learning about new cultures, seeking out educational and service opportunities for ourselves, and others who are interested in serving a meaningful cause.
What We Do!
We do Service. We build community. We connect people. We create win-win solutions. We do so partly through our blog, TEAM Chiang Mai Facebook Page, and other social media tools, as well as assisting individuals and organizations face to face where possible. It’s second nature for us to be community-minded, even as we travel and live abroad. We are involved in an ongoing effort, as in daily, to connect volunteers (who happen to be travelers, college students, retirees, anyone) with Community Based Organizations (CBO).
- We provide wellness/life coaching, for individuals, couples, and families.
- We provide guidance for distance learning and service learning programs
- We provide field supervision and instruction for BSW/MSW intern students
- We raise funds for CBOs
- We raise awareness and provide advocacy
- We provide non-profit management consulting
- We provide non-profit social media consulting
- We provide English and Burmese language lessons as well as cross cultural awareness consulting
Who are the CBOs?
Many CBOs we are connected to are ones that we know personally, and know first-hand what their needs are, and their commitment to serving their community. Our CBO connections are located inside Thailand and Burma and provide a variety of services to various under-served populations.
Please visit our Volunteer Jobs list to see the organizations. Please do not leave a comment on this page with your request or interest to volunteer. Please go to the Volunteer Jobs page and contact the organizations directly.
People might assume that since we’re able to travel and live abroad, that we’re independently wealthy. Our ‘personal wealth’ is based only partly on financial security, but mostly on our lifestyle and actions. Here’s an account of our living expenses in 2010.
Aye willingly left her secured career as a Director at a non-profit a few years ago to focus on our move to Thailand. She was overseeing multiple programs at a local non-profit organization with multiple staff, volunteers, students, internal and external projects, funding sources and budget of close to 2 million dollars at the time of her departure.
If you are interested in Conversational Burmese or Cross Cultural Awareness Consulting on-line please contact Aye.
If you are interested in a BSW or MSW supervised internship in Chiang Mai, Thailand with an MSW level Social Worker, please contact Aye for further information.
If you are interested in a Burmese Cooking Lessons or an NGO tour, contact us before your arrival and we can make arrangements.
Jack teaches Psychology courses as an online adjunct professor for a community college in Washington State. He was a full time faculty for 10 yrs at a community college outside Houston, Tx. In addition to teaching, Jack also worked as a freelance consultant and content contributor to textbook publishers.
So how do we live the way we do without working full-time? We make the most of what we do earn and what we saved when we were both working full-time earning double-incomes. We are frugal. We are careful about how we consume and where our money is spent. We don’t spend mindlessly. We don’t purchase something because of an emotional void or an internal need to make us feel better or to ‘keep up with the Joneses.’
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