Meet Metreeya (May) Jaidee – ISV Thailand’s 2012 Adventure Tour Coordinator

by alrahmahsolutions on Sunday, 24 June 2012

ISV staff & participants become friends © used with permission by May Jaidee (on far right)

Life is journey, and you never know where it will take you!

The journey can involve anything; it is love, work, travel, etc., and for me it all depends on imagination, creativity and experience. The journey has become one of opportunity and opening new doors.

In 2007, one of these doors opened for me when I joined International Student Volunteers (ISV) as a Tour Leader. I was a local Thai guide, I was young, and I was shy.

I am not sure if I found the opportunity or it found me and I’ll never know, but one thing is for sure and that is that it happened for a reason. After the door opened, I found a whole new world, new people and brand new attitudes. ISV has given me the opportunity to do the work I love and to meet inspiring young people from all over the world, and even though we call them “participants” or “students”, they almost always become friends.

“May is never afraid to try new things…” © used with permission May Jaidee

Working with ISV has changed my life in so many ways for the better. I have become more organized, proactive, easy-going, confident, fun, funnier, and the list goes on.

It is not only ISV’s mission and the way it cares for its staff that have inspired me, but also the way that ISV inspires our students that means the most. Students always say that they learn so much from me, but I’d like to let them know that I am the one who is learning.  I enjoy every moment with ISV students. Working and spending time with them is one of the best parts of my life!

I still remember my very first group and some of the comments from students who said things like “May is not afraid to try new things and inspires others to do the same”.

In addition, I remember all the students from over the years (from more than 27 groups) that have made an impact on me by giving me more and more encouragement and confidence, ensuring that I continue to grow as an ISV tour leader, and today as the ISV Thailand  Adventure Tour Coordinator.

Another adventure! Canyoning in 2008 © used with permission by May Jaidee

It is because of ISV, that I have had the opportunity to travel abroad, meet inspiring colleagues from around the world, broaden my mind, and reach my potential. THANK YOU!

Metreeya (May) Jaidee

ISV Thailand Adventure Tour Coordinator

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