November 12, 2012
I first encountered the Goodwill Group website while travelling in America. I sent an email to Mr. Kurt Heck who invited me to visit the office when I came to Bangkok. I did so on a Monday in August 2002, and I entered my first classroom. I had never taught English before but the students were ever so willing to learn and I had so much fun. I took that class for about a week and, having enjoyed it so much, went back to Australia with a new purpose. I returned to Bangkok after a little while and tried to help out at Goodwill whenever I could. I took a job at a government school on the strength of my Goodwill experience. I cannot ever repay Goodwill for my 'apprenticeship'. Today, I am unfortunately tied up most days of the week but I try to offer my services as a substitute teacher at weekends if I'm free. Whilst conducting classes, I have been able to witness the incredible job which this foundation is doing for its members. The members who come to classes every week have a wonderful attitude, they try so hard to advance their English skills, and the foundation is constantly looking for new ways to help them into their futures. I feel humbled that this foundation doing so much to help their fellow Thais. The selfless dedication from Enrique, Kurt, Beer, Nang and all others I haven't mentioned, deserves some recognition. I salute them and wish that the foundation may long continue to benefit the underprivileged. My sincere thanks for their help to me.
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