The Carnival Comes to Town

Guest written by Volunteer Annie Gilmore We heard the bass thumping since dusk and had seen flags going up on the way home from school. A carnival was in the works, and all of the girls are pleading to go. After the sun sets and the volunteers lecture the girls about looking after each other,…

The Amazing Day

Eating bugs, touching goat poo, handling worms and making mud bricks is a walk in the park for the adventurous girls at COSA! This past weekend the girls competed in borderline “crazy” challenges at Prem International School’s “Amazing Race,” proving to everyone that their tight-knit ties and adventurous spirit holds true outside the perimeter of…

A Justin Beiber-Shaped Hole in Our Heart: COSA Misses Mel!

This past Thursday night Baan Yuu Suk was hit by a veritable monsoon of tears as we struggled to say goodbye to 7-month volunteer Mel Burton. Mel has been an integral part of our lives here at COSA and it’s difficult to imagine what the shelter will be like without her laugh, infectious smile, and complete…

The Chinese Quintet

Baan Yuu Suk enjoyed some extra Eastern influence this past week as we were joined by five new volunteers from China! These university students shared their culture and language, and, for those of us from the West (chiefly American, much to the chagrin of lone Kiwi Tessa), it was a pseudo case study in seeing…