Thailand hosts AFS group
(from left) Ms. Maleerat Pleumchitchom, Ms.
Pranorm Chursakdahong- Director of Wattanothaipayap School, Mr. Sanun
Angubonkul- President of AFS Thailand, Ms. Zhang Ling- National Director of
AFS China, Mr. Wichai Srikwan- Governor of Chiang Mai, Mr. Phillip Dowler-
Chairman of AFS Australia, Mr. Francisco Cazal- AFS International President,
Mr. Yuzo Takada- AFS Trustee, Mr. Yahya Mat Hassan- Chairman of AFS Malaysia
and Mr. Bin Sato- AAI President.
The Governor of Chiang Mai, Wichai Srikwan, presided over the AFS
Asia-Pacific Initiatives (AAI) welcome dinner held at the Jum Ngern
Convention Hall, Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi hotel in Chiang Mai,
The 9 member countries of AAI normally take turns to host an Annual
Executive Meeting. Thailand received an honor to organize the meeting for
2007 and provided the opportunity for the representatives to network and
discuss future cooperation among the members.
Up with People raises 60,000 baht
1500 attend concert
Cast members performing a musical number at
Up with People, the international global education program for young
adults, performed on June 3 at the Chiang Mai University Convention
Center. The show was attended by over 1500 people. Up with People
collected donations after the show and divided the money between the
local charities that they worked with during the week. These included:
The Northern School for the Blind, The School for the Deaf, Support the
Children Foundation, Phonsawan Child Development Center and The Vieng
Ping Orphanage. Each organization received 12,000 baht each.
the audience this time were Utumporn and Surachai who were members of Up
with People in 1986.
The Up with People cast, which consists of 70 students between the ages
of 18 and 29 from 19 different countries, was in Chiang Mai from May 25
through June 4. The students stayed with local host families and spent 4
days doing community service with the charity organizations who received
During their stay, members of Up with People interviewed local young
adults who are interested in traveling in the program.
Up with People exists today to spark people to action in meeting the
needs of their communities, countries and the world while building
bridges of understanding as a foundation for world peace. For more
Announcing the proceeds and recipients from
the evening’s donations to local charities.
German super model to visit next month
(pictured in the green shirt) from Thailandfreunde (Friends of Thailand)
visiting School for Life and making a generous donation.
Dirk Weeber-Araytumsopon and K. Wuttipong from
Thailandfreunde e.V. (Friends of Thailand) visited the School for Life
near Doi Saket and made a donation of 90,000 baht. The money will be
used to pay for school uniforms for the children.
Thailandfreunde, a German based charity, have been generous sponsors of
School for Life over the years.
Nadja Auermann, the German super model and actress has agreed to become
the Ambassador for School for Life. Nadja, 36 years old, originally from
West Berlin was named in the ‘Peoples’ magazine ’50 Most Beautiful
people’ in 1994.
She will visit the school near Doi Saket in July this year and spend two
weeks getting to know the children and their environment. She will then
return in November to set-up a workshop where the staff and children
from School for Life will make uniforms to be sold overseas thus gaining
a regular income for the project.
For further info on School for Life www.school-for-life.org
Abroad Writers conference coming to Chiang Mai
Budding writers will have a chance to hone their skills at a workshop
led by two award-winning authors at an “Abroad Writers’ Conference” in
Chiang Mai from July 20-30.
The workshops will be held by Nigerian-born Chris Abani and the American
author Rebecca Walker. Participants will also have a chance to consult a
New York literary agent, Renee Zuckerbrot, who will be attending the
Abani left his native Nigeria for the US after running into trouble with
the regime because of his political writings. He was jailed at the age
of 18, later sentenced to death but then released. Lagos is the setting
of his widely-praised book “Graceland” which won the 2005 PEN Hemingway
Prize for fiction.
Rebecca Walker is an acclaimed public speaker and teacher as well as a
best-selling author. Time magazine named her, when she was only 25, as
one of the 50 most influential future leaders of the United States. Her
memoir “Black, White and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self” was
an international success and won a major American Library Association
Workshop sessions last six days of the conference, and include
individual consultations with Chris Abani, Rebecca Walker and Renee
Zuckerbrot. They cost US $600 or the baht equivalent. Registration can
be made, and further information obtained, at the Writers Club and Wine
Bar, 141/3 Ratchadamnoen Road (Tel: 053-814187 and 0819282066).