Thailand 2019 tentative trip dates:
Thailand June: June 17th – July 1st, 2019
Thailand July: July 16th – July 30th, 2019
estimate historical cost: $3,500
*dates and cost are subject to change depending on flights
BOR KEAW & TRAT, THAILAND
Our first Service Year team went to Thailand back in the summer of 2008. It’s hard to believe it was that long ago. Our first partnership was with the Rotary Club of Patong Beach in Southern Thailand. We are so grateful for them and their many years of coordinating for our teams.
In 2015 we made the move up to Northern Thailand with a new partner Travel to Teach in Chiang Mai. Travel to Teach is an NGO focused on organizing volunteers to teach English across the globe. The Chiang Mai Travel to Teach coordinating efforts are spearheaded by Jim Wiengyos. Jim is amazing and she does such a fantastic job making sure everything is prepared and runs as smooth as possible for our teams.
In addition to moving to Northern Thailand, in 2016 we also opened a second Thailand site in the South Eastern city of Trat. Our Trat partner is an organization called Glovolex spearheaded by the lovely Meaw Chanphum. Meaw seems to know everyone in Trat and is often able to achieve the impossible for our teams!
Our teams work hard but also get to have some fun. The Chiang Mai team spends their last couple days in Chaing Mai city exploring the temples and night markets. They also take a visit to Ran-tong Save and Rescue Centre where they get to spend the afternoon feeding and playing with elephants. Our Trat teams spend their last few days visiting the beautiful nearby island of Koh Chang. The team stays at Nature Beach Resort where you can eat your breakfast overlooking the ocean and when you’re done walk right out onto the beach.
2019 Thailand June Team Leader: Korin Richins
Korin Richins is a graduate of the University of Utah where she completed her Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Science in Human Development & Family Studies. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker as well as a licensed School Social Worker for grades K-12. She is currently Clinical Director of the Central Wasatch region for Utah Behavior Services, and enjoys working with children, teens and families. Korin and her husband John have 6 children ranging from ages 17 to 23, including triplets. Their family enjoys spending time together at the cabin, Shiking, fishing, and supporting each other in hockey, dance, and art.
Korin became involved with Youthlinc when one of her triplets came home from school as a sophomore and announced that she wanted to join the ranks of lifetime humanitarians with Youthlinc! Since that time, she has had 3 children participate in Youthlinc humanitarian service with one daughter serving on 3 teams including Cambodia, Peru and Kenya. Korin and her family enjoy working on humanitarian projects together. They have collected medical supplies for Haiti earthquake survivors, hygiene supplies for Haiti Health Initiative, collected clothing for orphans in Lesotho, Africa, as well as all the many Youthlinc projects associated with the countries her children have served. Most recently, Korin mentored the Kenya 2018 team where she supported the Cultural Committee. She is extremely excited to lead the Thailand June Team 2019!
2019 Thailand June Assistant Team Leader: Karen Ismodes
Karen is a freshman at Snow College majoring in social work. Service has always been something she loves and is a great part of life. In 2018, her senior year of high school, she and a close friend went to Guatemala with Youthlinc. Karen said, “I had the best time with Youthlinc, throughout the service year and in Guatemala, I made lifelong friends and had unforgettable experiences. It was the best feeling in the world to see all of the villagers so happy and being able to make a difference in their lives.” As a Service Year student, she volunteered at Ashford Assisted Living and Memory Care which was amazing and it taught her so much. This year Karen hopes to be able to make a memorable and fun experience for her team. She’s grateful and extremely excited to go again and look forward to creating amazing friendships.
2019 Thailand July Team Leader: Wendy Switzer
I first became involved with Youthlinc in 2011 when I started making maturation pads for the Kenya team. I fell in love with the opportunity to serve and continued donating them each year after that. Each year when I would drop them off to Youthlinc, I knew that one day I wanted to go with them on one of their humanitarian trips.
I went on my first Youthlinc trip, as a Mentor, to Peru. The trip changed my life forever and I am now hooked! I developed an even greater love for humanitarian work, especially when I saw the miraculous way our service trip changed the lives of the youth on our team. Last summer, I was the Team Leader for the Nepal June team and loved my experience so much that I had to come back!
I work as a director at an assisted living facility. My residents have my heart and I love going to work each day to put smiles on their faces and make a difference.
I own a photography and event planning/rental business. I am a crafter at heart and hosted my own television craft segment for a number of years. I love to come up with new and unique ideas and love a good challenge. I am a wife, a mother to 4 and a grandma to 7. My greatest loves are spending time with my family, camping and motorcycling.
2019 Thailand July Assistant Team Leader: Allie Baxter
Allie absolutely loves Youthlinc and is so excited to continue her involvement. She first got involved with Youthlinc in the 2014-2015 service year on the Nepal team and continued as an Alum Leader in Kenya the following year. She has had incredibly meaningful experiences with Youthlinc and credits the Youthlinc mission for growing her passion of service! She dreams of one day becoming a service learning teacher and working for a local nonprofit! Youthlinc and service are such a major part of her life. She is so excited to be an Assistant Team Leader this year and can’t wait to share her love of service and travel with you all!