I'm so happy I chose the three country trip...
"The world is like a book and those who don't travel only get to see a page." I'm so happy I chose the three country trip with Global Teaching adventures! It allowed me to see three beautiful countries, teach in different environments and meet amazing people along the way. One of the biggest stresses of the trip wasn't even a real stress because it was just to be able to see and do everything all the countries had to offer. I loved the cultural experiences in Thailand and Cambodia and wish there was more in Myanmar.
There was never enough time for everything. I wanted to be the tourist that saw every aspect of every country but also the teacher in me would have loved more time and days with the kids. We were given so many fun adventurous ideas! And the GTA leaders were always there with a camera and willing to take a picture and share them. I can't wait to share and keep continuing to share the experience. I tried to learn to "fill my life with adventures and not things, to have stories to tell and not things to show." Sure I came home with a suitcase of souvenirs and trinkets for friends and families but this experience also allowed me to have lots of stories to share. I have so many stories from exploring the ruins of Thailand on a motorbike and the temples in Cambodia and Myanmar. I loved all the school placements too from the structure of Thailand's school, the beginning start of Cambodia's and the chaotic happiness of Myanmar. I loved the connection that Global Teaching Adventures and I have started on this trip. I loved the variety and the chance for the different teaching experiences. Throughout the experience I truly learned to take in every moment and to just breathe. Sure I could have done this on my own, but Global Teaching adventures provided the guidance, connections, assurance and adventure that I needed for the first trip abroad. I had people to help me with directions, to know the best spots, to find hostels and visas and traveling plans and delicious food. There was really no huge worry. Traveling is stressful, but the beautiful thing about traveling with a group is that you are never really alone. You are all stressed about the same thing or you know that someone in the group was stressed about the same thing you are at some point and so you have a friend to lean on. The leaders provided support when needed but also let us go exploring on our own. Sometimes you never know where you'll end up sleeping at night or what you are going to eat, but that is part of the adventure and you know that in the end you'll find something with the new friends you make. The trip reassured my viewpoint on everything doesn't need to be planned out to the last minute without knowing every detail you can still have a lot of fun. Sure it would have been nice to know a little more, to do or experience more, but it worked out and I don't really regret any moment of the trip. I wish I would have done it sooner and hope that I have the opportunity, time and money to do it again. The cool thing about this experience is that any age or any experience level can make it happen. We had ages from 18 to 27 year old on the trip, but that is the neat thing about GTA you can be any age and still have a blast. I was one of the older members and was having just as much fun as the next person. The training works for any age and any amount of teaching experience and everyone was valued and able to contribute something to the program.
Overall the trip was like the ferry ride to Koh Pi Pi the smooth rock of a boat. Like any trip with any group there were bumps along the way, but other times there was blissful happiness. Was it perfect? No what experience or trip is and honestly the little imperfections made for an awesome experience. The little bumps added to the adventures and the excitement. I wouldn't change anything because every aspect taught me l something and helped me grow." - Andrea Drake