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Digging for Laos

Posted by sayadian on 8/7/2012 at 04:16

We just got 14 people arrive here on their way to Laos to do voluntary work.Admirable but what their going to do is dig irrigation ditches! Surely the people of Laos can dig their own.I can understand if someone has a particular skill to offer but surely this is ridiculous.what do other Travelfishers think?

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Posted by MADMAC on 8/7/2012 at 05:28

I think I don't care, and if digging irrigation ditches makes them happy, then have at it. It's a free country. Oh wait, it's not... OK, well it's free enough to dig ditches.

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Posted by busylizzy on 8/7/2012 at 06:23

So how much have these people paid to do this 'volunteer' work? You are right, though - you'd think there would be Lao people who do their own digging!

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Posted by sayadian on 8/7/2012 at 06:58

Madmac
you'd be perfect material for this project with your army background.

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Posted by MADMAC on 8/7/2012 at 07:44

I can hear myself right now:
"Put some back into it Goddamnit! What a bunch of lazy sonsabitches you are. You're movin' like pond water!"
"But it's hot, and we're just volunteers"
"Always an excuse. Let's move it. I want to be done before Christmas."

It is a variation of this that I think I am no longer employed at the local temple teaching the novice monks English (English now being removed from the cariculum).

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Posted by caseyprich on 8/7/2012 at 20:18

Sounds like the kind of cover volunteer work that Evangelical Christians do when really they are just going to proselytize.

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Posted by sayadian on 8/7/2012 at 20:48

Casey:
Crowd of us were discussing it last night and that's the conclusion we came to.

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Posted by MADMAC on 8/7/2012 at 23:06

"Sounds like the kind of cover volunteer work that Evangelical Christians do when really they are just going to proselytize."

Good a cover as any I guess. Hope they put some back into it!

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Posted by sayadian on 8/7/2012 at 23:53

What? The preaching or the digging.

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Posted by MADMAC on 9/7/2012 at 01:30

The digging.

As for the prostelytizing - like I said, it's a free country. Oh wait, maybe not.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 24/7/2012 at 19:24

"English now being removed from the cariculum"

Good thing considering it's curriculum.

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Posted by Saphir on 26/11/2012 at 00:31

Anyway, when they've finished digging up Laos, can they come and help with my garden?

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