Laughs and Lessons

There is not a day at DEPDC where the opening of the proverbial doors goes unaccompanied by the laughter and joyous shrieks of the children who enter our classrooms and halls.  With the arrival of our friends from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, the typical jubilance has surged to new heights that has even our most seasoned... Continue Reading →


Introducing: International Volunteer, Jordan!

Wrapping up her volunteer service with DEPDC, Jordan Williams has developed a deeper understanding of grassroots advocacy, as well as insight into the kind of work she intends to one day pursue. Jordan joined DEPDC last June as the coordinator of the international department and has continued to work remotely from her hometown of New... Continue Reading →

Introducing: International Volunteer, Mahdia!

Another one of our volunteers, Mahdia Islam, recently wrapped up her work with DEPDC. During her time here, she helped coordinate and restructure the international department by creating an efficient, online system of organisation. Mahdia also played a major role in planning events like the SYSTERM graduation, as well as facilitated English classes. Mahdia's volunteer... Continue Reading →

Introducing: International Volunteer, Elizabeth!

Having spent the last couple of months volunteering at DEPDC, Elizabeth Dolan has learned much about what it means to give yourself unconditionally to an organisation. During her time here, she wrote grants, taught English, created and gave presentations on trafficking and the mission of DEPDC, and coordinated with international volunteers. She also had the... Continue Reading →

Congratulations SYSTERM Group A!

“Congrats! Farewell! See you soon!” These were the common phrases echoed throughout the halls of DEPDC this past week. On Sunday, 29 July, the first cohort of students graduated from the Shan Youth Safety Training to End Risk Migration (SYSTERM). This seven-month program culminated in a day-long ceremony filled with inspiring speeches, traditional dance performances,... Continue Reading →

Introducing: International Volunteer, Kristin!

Kristin Moreau has spent the last eight months volunteering at DEPDC/GMS. During her time at DEPDC/GMS, Kristin taught English at the Half Day School, as well as provided individual language practice to students from the Shan State in neighboring Myanmar. Within the larger Mae Sai community, she raised awareness of DEPDC/GMS's mission and established lasting... Continue Reading →

Nelson Mandela’s Belief That Education Can Change the World Remains a Source of Inspiration for DEPDC

Earlier this week - Wednesday, 18 July 2018 - was Nelson Mandela International Day, marking what would be have been the 100th birthday of the South African anti-apartheid revolutionary. Despite the backlash he faced for his pragmatic resistance to the injustice that plagued South Africa, Mandela relentlessly strove to create a peaceful, democratic, and multi-ethnic... Continue Reading →

New Friends From New York

The smiles on the little ones at DEPDC are never to be missed. And when there are new volunteers on the ground, these smiles triple in size and duration! On 4th July, a team of eight college students from New York City came to DEPDC as Kaya Responsible Travel volunteers. They partnered with SYSTERM students... Continue Reading →

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