Feng Chia University’s North Thailand International Service Team is a team of international volunteers which was founded in 2009. This team’s goal is to preserve Chinese culture among the Chinese people living in north Thailand. Long ago, there was a war in China, and some Chinese soldiers and civilians went to north Thailand. After the war had ended, the soldiers couldn’t go back to China. Now, many years later, these Chinese people still live there with their children and grandchildren, and they want to keep Chinese culture there. Every year the FCU North Thailand International Service Team goes to this area and helps the people who live there. This year, we had two projects.
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Besides our projects with these cute children, we also had a project to take care of the older veterans. They can’t go back to China, and they don’t have families either. We went to their homes to keep them company. I knew we could do nothing for them, really. All we could do was keep them company. I thought that these old people might not have the opportunity to hold someone’s hand, hug someone, or even just talk to someone. Therefore, when I got there, I didn’t hesitate; I just found an old “grandpa” and started to talk to him. At that moment, my eyes were full of tears. I pretended he was my grandfather, who passed away many years ago. The old man treated me very nicely and smiled the whole time. When it was time to go, I cried a lot. In the future, I will go back to visit these old veterans again if I have enough time and money.
After we had finished our projects, our Team took a rest in Bangkok. We ate great food and went to the water market to buy some souvenirs. This summer experience made me stronger, I think, and more contented. Compared to the people in north Thailand, we have a lot. We should cherish what we have rather than always wanting more. We should just keep working hard and be optimistic. I’m proud to be a Feng Chia University North Thailand International Service Team volunteer.