Naturally, after the dust settled following our move to Thailand, I set about finding the charity I would embrace as my own. After a quick Internet search I found the Phuket has Been Good to Us Foundation that does English language programs for children at a government school not far from where I live. The program started initially to serve orphans of the Tsunami but has expanded to include all students at two schools. I looked to see if any of the principals were on LinkedIn and if we had any common connections and, lo and behold, Erin Ganju, co-founder and COO of Room to Read was connected to one of the teachers at the school the foundation supported. I didn’t need any more reassurance than that and contacted the organization right away to offer my assistance. Fast forward a couple of months… I was helping out at their annual fundraiser, the Bliss Beach Ball, and selling raffle tickets when I ran into the head of Gulf 4 Good, a Dubai charity, who I had met at a Room to Read fundraiser in Dubai!
It's a very small world and once you get into the expat community it gets even smaller. It warms my heart to see people consistently giving back and it was great to see Brian here in Phuket.
When I get back after my summer in Canada, I'll be helping out with the reading program at the school (in between copy writing clients, of course) and I'm really exited about that.
If you'd like to share any of your expat community outreach stories bring 'em on! I'd love to hear about them.