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Advance event info on CM Mail’s website, please!

Work permit for teaching with Chiang Mai Friends Group?

Dont’t knock vitamin therapy!

 

Advance event info on CM Mail’s website, please!

Dear Editor:
After a year living in Chiang Mai we have found the Chiang Mai Mail to have done an excellent job reporting on events taking place in the area. However no matter how many sources we access we are constantly missing events because advance notice is not available.
The Fire Rocket Festival looked like an extremely exciting and interesting event that we are sure many ex-pats would have thoroughly enjoy attending, but the Chiang Mai Mail gave no details of the event prior to it taking place.
Thoroughly understand how deadlines make including some information in a weekly paper impossible, but could something be done to provide an update on your website concerning events that you find out about shortly before they are scheduled to take place?
John Richard
Editor’s note:
The staff at CM Mail do their best to collate and pass on advance information wherever possible, but many Thai organisers do not use English in their advance publicity. Local religious and traditional festivals, also, can be problematic; perhaps it is thought that the expat community would not be interested. At present we are trying to update our contacts with a view to giving more advance notification of events of all kinds. Give us a little time and watch this space!
If anyone has any news of future events; please write to [email protected] com. The deadline is the Wednesday prior to publication.

 

Work permit for teaching with Chiang Mai Friends Group?

Dear Chiang Mai Mail,
First, let me thank you for providing foreign residents with an English language newspaper. It is much appreciated.
In discussion with other expatriates, a question has arisen concerning a statement in the most recent in a series of articles in your paper about the “Chiang Mai Friends” group.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters stated, “The aim of Chiang Mai Friends’ is to promote education and friendship and to work together to protect and enhance the local environment. As part of the English language education project now in place, 95 municipality staff are now receiving spoken English lessons from native-speaking volunteers, with the cooperation and agreement of the immigration authorities. The municipal schools arm of the project is also well under way - more teachers are now required for both programmes! (Chiang Mai Mail, July 8, 2008)
Many in the expat community are interested in contributing to the community through volunteer work. However, in many cases we have serious concerns about the legality of doing so. To work legally as a volunteer, a work permit is required under Thai law.
Can your reporters help clarify whether the “Chiang Mai Friends” will ensure a work permit is obtained for all its volunteers ? If not, by what means can the legality of volunteer work with this group be assured ?
Regards,
PL (aspiring legal volunteer).
Editor’s note:
According to the president of Chiang Mai Friends, Khun Boong, there can be no guarantees, but the system is flexible within the government organisations here as CM Friends group is helping them with the English language and they are helping expats to understand Thai ways which makes it easier for everyone. The focus of the group is integration, to meet new Thai friends, to help with the English language and to exchange information about the different cultures of the East and West. Both communities should be able to benefit from this interaction.


Dont’t knock vitamin therapy!

Dear Editor,
Isn’t it slightly irresponsible for the Mail’s resident doctor to knock in a somewhat sarcastic manner the value of controlled dietary supplementation by taking vitamins etc. when many of us women heve found them extremely helpful, particularly during the menopause?
In my own experience, a very difficult first few months of the menopause was completely cleared by following an American friend’s advice about vitamin therapy. This was important to me, as I was spending very long hours running a business. I sailed through the rest of the “change” without any problems.
But then, the good doctor is a man , and wouldn’t know about such things, would he?
Alice Monks