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An Intern's Perspective - Life In Mae Sot

BY KENZIE ROBERTS | 7 MARCH 2017

It’s pretty hard to imagine that I’ve only been working for Global Alms Incorporated (GAI) for 7 weeks. I feel like time has passed so much quicker, like I’ve been here forever. I have been welcomed into this family-like organization with open arms. It is such a great place. The Thailand office has three of the most hard-working women I have ever had the privilege to meet and work with.

I had a bit of a strange transition. My Mum had only been gone for a few days before Mechelle, Ruth, and Moo Ra went to visit Noh Bo for a week to train at a Teacher Training College. I spent most of the time in the evenings crying. This was such a huge adjustment! I had never lived alone much less been away from my Mum for longer than two weeks. However, I like to think that I handled it quite well, seeing as how when they got back I didn’t tackle them to the ground on the spot.

I jumped right in the second I started working for GAI. They started teaching me how things around the office worked, from how to take inventory, to making a spreadsheet, build databases and complete research projects. I’ve had to learn how to supervise, and how to be supervised. I have had to learn time management and self-responsibility. I have also had to learn how to live with someone who isn’t a family member. It doesn't sound too hard, however, when one person is a night owl and the other is an early bird, it can get a bit complicated. I do, however, love this team and my roommate. I love being independent and everything that comes along with that, like getting to choose where I want to go for dinner and (believe it or not) paying my own bills.

My title is ‘Intern – Business Administration’. I write entries for Public Relations matters, complete Stock Takes, assist with the Website content, conduct relevant research projects, assist with marketing campaigns and coordinate social media content. I help set up for workshops/courses/classes and I am the test dummy for any protection classes that are taught that day. I love it. I love being a part of an organisation that is making a tangible difference in the lives of those around them. Everywhere we go, someone that Mechelle, Ruth, and Moo Ra have helped in one way or another, comes up to us. People recognize them as the girls who help other girls and I love the small role I play in that, by being able to help demonstrate certain Self-Defense techniques with them during class.

There is a really great community of people in this small border town. Different types of people from different places, doing different things to make it a better place and to help positively impact the lives of those around them.

By Kenzie Roberts

For further information, please contact:

Media Relations | Global Alms Incorporated  
info@globalalms.com

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Garry Bradford wrote:
Very good article clear easy to read and understand. Thank you Kenzie Roberts. Maybe the next article we see is you grading.

Tue, March 7, 2017 @ 10:01 PM

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