Volunteering: when doing good does harm

Volunteering has conventionally been linked to good people with good intentions. When done well, volunteering can benefit many people, communities, professionals and governments as well as raise awareness on social issues beyond the duration of the volunteering itself. In recent years, however, we have come to understand that there can be severe harm done due … More Volunteering: when doing good does harm

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Ten things that are ‘normal’* in Thailand, but not elsewhere… and vice versa

* By ‘normal’, I mean ‘socially accepted’ rather than ‘common’. Ten things that are ‘normal’ in Thailand, but not elsewhere 1. Eating disorders When you visit Thailand, you notice soon enough that everyone is pretty slim or even skinny. When I first arrived, I thought this was a natural thing – generally speaking, Asians have … More Ten things that are ‘normal’* in Thailand, but not elsewhere… and vice versa