Clinic Blog: 2012 Thailand 2 Clinic Blog
November 27, 2012
And it Begins! Arrival, Orientation & Day 1
After 30+ hours of travel, all of Team Thailand (luggage included!) has arrived safely to the Suntara Wellness Resort & Hotel here in Chachoengsao. Many thanks to our Thai partners for the warm welcome at the airport and for the super smooth VIP trip through Customs.
We completed orientation yesterday at the clinic site - a very nice, air-conditioned building! To say we are grateful for AC is an understatement in this hot & humid climate! After training, our gracious hosts treated us to a traditional Thai dinner along the water. We were able to mingle and learn about our teammates - 9 different cultures blending is always an entertaining and amazing experience - including singing "Happy Birthday" to Karen, in 6 different languages - pretty cool!
Today was Day 1 of clinic - a half day of meeting and training our local volunteers, and a half day of treating patients. The volunteers are great - very sweet, school-aged girls willing to help & translate as best as possible for us. In just 5 hours, we were able to provide over 700 people, ranging from 13-85, with eyewear. A pretty solid first day! Speaking on behalf of the clinic rookies, today was everything we imagined for a clinic and more. Being able to see the the light in someone's eyes, or the smile on their face, after fitting a pair of glasses, is beyond words. The simple interactions of smiles, head nods and bowing with thanks can't be described by my simple words. After the last patient was taken care of, the team walked to a nearby market for another great evening of dinner, laughs and sharing stories.
Hopefully pictures to come if the internet connection allows!