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Whole Foods Market Volunteer Program: Thailand
$1,990 raised
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2 Years running
I am so excited to share that I have been chosen for the Whole Foods Market Volunteer Program associated with the Whole Planet Foundation this July in Thailand.

Hey everyone!

For anyone who doesn't know me, I am a 21 year old student majoring in Graphic Arts. I am one of the two Graphic Artists in my Whole Foods and have been with the company for two and a half years.

I am so happy to announce that I have been chosen for the 2016 Whole Foods Market Volunteer program that is partnered with Whole Planet Foundation. For two weeks in July I will travel to Thailand, stay in a homestay and be immersed in their culture. During the trip I will visit Bangkok for a day, travel to Surin to meet microcredit clients of Small Enterprise Development, Whole Planet Foundation’s microlending partner in Thailand, learn about rice sourced by Alter Eco that is sold in Whole Foods Market stores, participate in a service project in Surin where members of the rice cooperative live and work, see the sights in Chiang Mai, experience Thai food and culture, and participate in a short visit to the Elephant Nature Park to experience the work that Lek Chailert is doing to rehabilitate and care for elephants.

Whole Foods established the Whole Planet Foundation which provides grants to microfinance institutions in Asia, Africa, the Americas and the Middle East, who in turn develop and offer microenterprise loan programs, training and other financial services to the self-employed poor. I am so excited to see first hand the impact the Whole Plant Foundation has on so many other people's lives.

Part of the trip is covered by Whole Foods (lodging and food) but I still have the expenses of the flights and my shots to be covered. The cost of the flights is presumably going to be about $2,500, but I will update this once I have the final cost when it is booked. It would be so helpful and I would be so grateful if you could donate any amount and/or share this with others you know to help spread the word.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and help make my volunteer trip that much better, I appreciate it!

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