August 4, 2012
Youthlinc is a phenomenal organization which helped make my first experience of international humanitarian work fun, safe, and meaningful. Student volunteers and adult mentors alike spend eight months preparing through monthly meetings, which also provide great bonding time for the team. The students' requirement of 60-100 hours of local community service also provides great preparation for going global. The two weeks I spend in July in Phang Nga, Thailand were the best and most worthwhile of my life, not to mention the most fun, courtesy of the fantastic group of people I was with (all of whom now feel like family)! I made friendships, both with Thai and Utah students, that I will never forget, and can truly say that I made a difference in the lives of children in a rural Thai village who have so much potential yet so few opportunities. I always felt looked-after with Youthlinc, our team always had a plan so we didn't waste time, and it was unbelievably fun! I can't wait to go back!
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