Two in Thailand

After raising three children and watching them graduate from college, Bob and Carol decided to leave the educational field and pursue a dream that had been put on hold for 35 years (since graduationg from the University of Northern Iowa). "Two in Thailand" is the journal dedicated to that dream - to serve in the Peace Corps. This is a personal blog. The opinions expressed within do not necessarily represent the views of the Peace Corps or the United States Government.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Mat Weaving Group

As part of our community building skills program, we travelled to a small tambon (village) on the outskirts of Uthai Thani and met with a group of "Cutters and Weavers". Approximately 20 people harvest, cut, and dry the local bamboo. A group of 12 ladies cut the harvested bamboo into strips and weave the mats. They work all day under an open air pavilion from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm and receive about 55 baht ($1.50) per day. They are a proud group of people who seem very happy and content. Carol enjoyed meeting them and helping weave the mats!!! Peace Corps encourages volunteers to explore the communities to which they will be assigned in order to discover groups that may benefit from the presence of a volunteer or that may be a resource to the local project that all volunteers are expected to complete.



At 9:27 PM, Blogger MJ said...

I knew you'd find a craft of some kind to pursue! Looks fun to learn!

At 10:07 AM, Blogger ALTA said...

Mom looks like she is having fun.

At 1:41 AM, Blogger mateo said...

Yeah, mom always has a big smile on her face in these pictures.


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