It’s official! After weeks of waiting I finally have my placement information for my post in Thailand. I’m going through a US organization that does all the real leg work (I submitted applications and resumes and a million other things that they then used to find me a spot) which I had thought would make it easier on my end. In some ways it did, immensely, but in other ways the waiting has been interminable and akin to torture. But the wait is over. It’s really happening. There’s no turning back!
I’ll be leaving Salt Lake in the early morning on October 10th and arriving in Bangkok even earlier in the morning on the 12th. After a week-long orientation I’m off to the north-eastern part of the country, near the Laotian border, a city of about 400,000 called Udon Thani. I’ll be teaching at a private religious elementary school with 200 or so students.
I’ll admit there was a bit of disappointment at first. All of the touristy places, the things I know of and was most looking forward to, are at the opposite ends of the country. But I’ll have plenty of opportunities to travel both during the school year and before I come back to the states. And I’ve felt all along that I was being guided to make the decisions I made and that I would end up where I needed to be, for whatever reasons. And I know that’s the case. There are still a lot of unknowns, some that will continue to be answered as time gets closer and some that will remain unknown til I get there. But that’s all a part of the adventure and gives me something to look forward to! (Or freak out about, depending on the day!)
The next few weeks will be a flurry of continued activity as I get the final details taken care of. But I’m going to do my darndest to post at least a few more times before I leave.