Today at XploreAsia we celebrate our fifth anniversary and we’re so proud of how much we’ve achieved in such a short time, in partnership with our wonderful teachers!
Our first course only had 8 students all from South Africa, but we are currently preparing for over 100 participants from all over the world coming to train with us in October. In the past 5 years we have trained 2,500 teachers from 10 different countries and have placed over 3,500 teachers into schools all across Asia. In fact, our teachers have taught more than 1,000,000 students from Thailand alone. Those children will have the ability to get jobs that require fluency in English, enabling them to work in tourism, international business and so many other sectors. Learning English is an incredible opportunity for young people in Thailand and our amazing teachers have opened those doors for over a million children.
We began with a staff of four delivering the course from a room above a coffee shop in Khao Takiab, but we now have two buildings, more than 20 members of staff and of course our four dogs to complete the family. We can also now offer our accredited in-classroom TESOL training in two locations; the sunny beach town of Hua Hin and the eclectic city Chiang Mai.
As well as developing our teaching programs, we have also founded our partner organisation Rescue Paws, a charity which helps stray animals in Hua Hin. Rescue Paws has evolved quickly from humble beginnings as a feeding project into a safe haven for strays that need rehabilitation and medical care from our on-site veterinarian. Rescue Paws has accomplished a great deal with the support of XploreAsia and our teachers including, tending to over 4,000 wounds, vaccinating 3.751 animals, performing 869 sterilizations and facilitating 174 adoptions. We are also continuing to work with Pala-U-Noi orphanage to help them develop the care they can provide for the orphaned children. We have been able to fund medical treatment for the children, including cancer treatment, as well as supporting the farm to help them gain self-sufficiency. We are currently working on plans to build a library with full internet access. At XploreAsia we’ve always been passionate about giving back to the community and this is something we will continue to strive for as we carry on growing as a company.
XploreAsia’s 5th birthday coincided with Lek’s birthday, our lovely administration manager, so we headed out to dinner to celebrate both. We ate pizza, pasta, salad and desserts all while hanging out together and having a blast.