Meet an International Volunteer: Channing!

The International Department would like to introduce Channing. She joined our organization this past August. Channing is currently a candidate to earn her bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and International Affairs at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. She is taking the year off to explore Southeast Asia.  Channing has previous experience in teaching English as a second language and working with non-profit organizations, and she is excited to see what new skill sets she can gain while volunteering at the DEPDC/GMS.  During her first month in Mae Sai, Channing has worked on starting new projects, finding potential donors, and has managed the social media accounts.  She has also begun teaching at the Half Day School and evening Community Learning Center classes.  She is eager to see how she can further help the DEPDC/GMS grow, and how the DEPDC/GMS can help her grow.


“My school has an amazing program that allows each of its students to further their professional ambitions during their five years of study. The DEPDC/GMS is my third and final placement, and thus far it seems to be the most exciting yet. I feel like I’m being trusted with real responsibility and not just gofer work. This placement is also the first one I have participated in that directly relates to my post-graduate ambitions, and it’s in Thailand!

From the beginning, I have been overwhelmed and humbled by everyone’s passion towards helping to end modern-day slavery and human trafficking. It’s awe-inspiring to see such dedication and hard work go toward such a worthy cause. It’s amazing to see such diversity in Thailand, including many of the students who come from different ethnic backgrounds.

So far I have had a lot of fun getting to know my new coworkers, village, and Mae Sai in general. Everyone has been very welcoming and very helpful. I am enthused to work alongside my coworkers to help the DEPDC/GMS’ objectives and ambitions be successfully fulfilled in the coming months!”


If you would like to find out more about volunteering with the Development and Education Programme for Daughters and Communities Centre in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (DEPDC / GMS), please see the information within the main VOLUNTEER tab and on the drop-down Opportunity tabs.


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