Ranong, surrounded by lush jungle, adjacent to the Andaman Sea on Thailand's west coast, is an intriguing place. A Thai border town, with Kawthaung in Myanmar a speedy half-hour boat ride away, it has one of the highest density of migrants in Thailand, with Burmese* numbering approximately equivalent to Thai. Living (or even simply visiting) here,… Continue reading Inequality: An Opportunity to Learn?
Teaching Burmese migrants here in Thailand, I hear of their stories, their struggles and their aspirations: their predicament often dominates my thoughts. While working with a migrant population is a new experience for me, migration itself is woven into my heritage. Aotearoa/New Zealand, where I grew up, is a country founded on migration. My ancestors predominantly… Continue reading The Migrant’s Plight
"But I'm not a teacher," I said. "Surely you'd like a qualified teacher instead?" "All you need is love," was the reply. We were discussing an opportunity that had recently arisen to volunteer with the Marist Asia Foundation in Ranong, Thailand. This was an interview like none other, not that it was an interview as such. Usually when… Continue reading All You Need is Love