Hey! I went on the Come With Nothing Thailand/Laos trip, so I’m not entirely sure if they are the same program… Though I could be wrong.
My trip was during the summer of 2011 and it was amazing! Our group stayed in the villagers’ homes, which was very safe, and they made us feel like family. Our group volunteered in three different villages. The first village we built a water tank and a large storage shed to protect the villagers’ belongings during monsoon weather, which we also experienced during our trip, so be prepared for that! In the second village we built a playground for an elementary school, and that was very challenging. We had to build each part of the playground from the resources surrounding us. Lastly, in the third village we worked in the rice fields and help build the foundation for a school/home (I can’t quite remember which). We also experienced a ton of excursions such as going to temples, eating foreign street food, giving food to the monks at four in the morning, and during our free time we had the chance to hang out with the kids in the village.
Personally, I loved my trip! I found it very safe with our two American guides and two Thai guides. If anyone had a health emergency, they would take a car straight to the hospital without hesitation and call our parents.
Ah yes, convincing your parents. That’s always really hard if you have super protective parents, but who doesn’t? I think the best way to convince your parents to allow you to go on this trip is to get all of your information prepared to present to them.
Program info (accommodations, who are your guides on this trip, packing list, needed vaccinations, etc.)
Your parents will definitely give your brownie points for looking into this program yourself and making use of all of your resources before paying to go on this trip. It is quite pricey, but it is worth the experience. If you have any questions please let me know!